The collaborations between Farmingdale and Napier students resulted in three design fictions. These storyboards, highlighted human-centered problems that exist in the physical environments and then used the Blended Spaces Framework to solve these problems. The Blended Spaces that the students created aimed to carefully and diligently use digital technologies that dissolved into the physical environment. The goal of each design fictions is to illustrate new user experiences at Jupiter Art Land.
Each student group presented their design fictions to a panel of interaction design factually from the Centre of Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University. This event concluded the five day workshop. However, collaborations between the students and faculty from both institutions are on-going.
After identifying 27 unique ideas that looked at blending digital and physical spaces at Jupiter Art Land, the student teams identified three opportunities. These three projects were organized with the Blended Spaces Framework, e.g. Generic Space, Physical Space, and Digital Space. Students and faculty are working together to formalize the fourth space or the Blended Space. The projects are, the Storytelling Tree, Loos and In Memory.
Students and faculty from Farmingdale State College and Edinburgh Napier University walked the grounds of Jupiter Art Land. The goal was to talk fluidly about what kinds of blended interactions could be possible moving between digital and physical spaces. For example, students proposed augmenting the sculptures of Appolo to learn more about heavens, however, the user’s physical position around the large sculpture would tell different digital Greek stories.
For example, students proposed augmenting the sculptures of Appolo to learn more about heavens, however, the user’s physical position around the large sculpture would tell different digital Greek stories. Another example included putting an arm around the weeping stone children as if consoling the frozen stone child. The digital interaction could be automated monetary donation to a child hunger charity.
Students explore Jupiter Artland in Mind Craft after visiting the physical environment. The above image shows students in a Jupiter Artland classroom, while digitally navigating the virtual environment. The students posed themselves in Mind Craft for a class photo.
After having a lecture with Professor David Benyon, at the Centre for Interaction Design at Edinburgh Napier University, Farmingdale and Napier students put their learnings to use and identified commercial examples of Blended Spaces. Blended Spaces in which digital content and physical environments merge. The students identified commercial experiences below and noted whether the blend was “seamless” or “broken” from the users’ point of view. Here are a few examples of their findings.
Farmingdale and Napier Students explore the land sculptures, installations, and artwork of Jupiter Artland.
SUNY Farmingdale State College in NY and Edinburgh Napier University in Edinburgh Scotland have kicked off their five-day Blended Spaces Workshop. Students from both institutions have teamed up at the Centre for Interaction Design to dive deeper into Professor David Benyon’s interaction design research in Blended Theory.
The first-day kick-off meeting focuses on fundamental principles of Blended Theory and its framework. Professor Benyon leads the lecture into looking more closely at Conceptual Blending and the metaphors we use to understand interactive services around us every day. For example, how a waiting line (cue) provides us with an enough contextual, social and visual information so that we don’t confuse a waiting line with a military line waiting in attention.
These principles and more are designed to prepare both Farmingdale and Napier students with a trip to Jupiter Art Land. There we will explore blended spaces in concert with sustainable agriculture.