In our newest 1 Hour Design Challenge, Core77 and Seattle-based design firm Teague ask you to design a provocative gestural interface, using an everday object as a starting point. Teague will donate $500 in the name of the first place winner to NPower Seattle and in the name of the second place winner to Project H Design. The first place winner will also be awarded an Arduino Kit, to make those interfaces real.
May 5, 2010
May 31st, 2010
11:59 PM PST
Digital interfaces, while compelling and empowering, drive us towards a flatness that's disorienting and boring. We're losing the richness that makes the physical world so compelling. Worse yet, we're replacing intuitive interactions with poor substitutes in our effort to make everything 'fit' on screen.
This 1 Hour Design Challenge invites designers to come up with a meaningful counterpoint to the all-in-one interface of the screen. You are tasked with creating a simple but engaging interaction that does not rely on a screen for input or output. You are free to appropriate an everyday object or to create a unique piece of geometry, but your solution must invite the user to interact with information or their surroundings in a way that encourages discovery while delivering an element of performance.
For example, in the diagram above, flipping over a chair switches an 'open' sign off. What if you could turn off your reading light by simply closing a book? What if your pen became heavier as you wrote larger checks? The best solutions combine object, ritual and context. What will yours be?
To learn more about the inspiration behind this challenge visit Teague.
HOW TO ENTER:
Participants must execute their design in only 1 hour, based on an honor system. Upload sketches, diagrams or hi-res photos and a brief text description of your design to the designated submission forum. To discuss the challenge and the entries, visit the 1HDC discussion forum.
Winners will be selected by Core77 along with Ben Collette, Adam Kumpf and Tad Toulis from Teague.
Judging will be based on degree of innovation, strength of concept and ambition of idea.
The first place winner will be awarded an Arduino kit and Teague will donate $500 in their name to NPower Seattle. The second Place winner will receive a $500 donation in their name to Project H Design.