Being, Bringing, Bridging - Three Aspects of Sketching with Nature

Ståhl, Anna and Tholander, Jakob and Laaksolahti, Jarmo and Kosmack Vaara, Elsa (2017) Being, Bringing, Bridging - Three Aspects of Sketching with Nature. In: Designing for Interactive Systems 2017 , June 10-14 2017, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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We articulate and reflect on the use of nature as a physical sketching material. We have closely documented explorations of various organic and non-organic materials found during excursions in a local forest and how we used them as resources in sketching. This serves as an exemplar case of how sketching in interaction design can be grounded in empirical explorations of nature. We discuss three examples of sketching based on explorations and experiences with elements and objects from a forest. Processes and characteristics of phenomena in nature such falling leaves, melting and freezing of snow, and perennial growth allowed us to expand our design repertoire and sketching skills, especially as new forms of representations and interactions. Based on this we outline three aspects of how nature can be included in sketching processes: being in nature, bringing nature to the lab, and bridging nature and interaction design.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:6152
Deposited By:Anna Ståhl
Deposited On:07 Sep 2017 15:12
Last Modified:07 Sep 2017 15:12

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