I want to make my designs spark social interactions in a public context. Users could work collectively to change the appearance of a product, turning it into a direct reflection of their behavior. By placing the product in a different public context, the functionality and appearance might change completely. After a while, the product becomes like a story; a vessel for meaning, and a small piece of time and history. In a way, the user and the product are co dependent on each other; the product delivers a certain service to the user, and the user’s activities are what keeps the product alive; when there is no interaction, the product dies. My products will ideally act as platforms for social interaction, that are inherently tied to the context of where they are placed through their physical manifestations and the people that make use of it. The need to make these installations is balanced by a healthy want of making the world a better place. I hope my products and installations are not only inspiring, but will be able to provide a service to their lives that can really mean something for someone and connect on an emotional pure level with the user. I feel blessed with my position in life as a designer, and I want to use these skills to make a difference.
Below are projects that inspire me as a designer.
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Folia Lumina by Ontwerpduo
Beautifully executed light that allows users to explore composition and color through clever use of materials.
I take this as an example of a product that delivers an enthralling open end experience in an extremely simple straightforward way.
Pulse Room by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
Only after I finished my project I came across this installation. Users can grab hold of a console that transfers their heartbeat to a flashing bulb in the room, adding theirs to a whole. It makes something invisible visible, while still providing enough distance for abstract interpretation. The space becomes a reflection of the users.
Tape by Numen
Tape is a cocoonlike structure made of adhesive tape, placed in different contexts from nature to church. I love how its creation is almost organic and how there is still a sense of connection to the outside world through the transparant material
nicky liebregts / 2015