1. Defining "Vanish"
We defined "Vanish" as
an interaction. To do that, we generated synonyms into
2. Observation & Experimentation
We wondered if vanishing complex information could help people? (e.g Maps)
We then experimented navigating using only fundamental map elements.
Reduce information = Map clarity = less disorientation = easier navigation?
3. Prototyping & Testing
Finalised our design opportunity and designed prototyped Rebo.
ddd dd We tried our best to properly control our tests at this point, isn't proper documentation beautiful?
Guided by our secondary research, our primary research was divided into 3 main categories: Map Interaction, Map Control and a general inquiry.
Our hypothesis is that, if all of the map controls and interactions existed in one dimension, it reduces the effort needed to translate between users’ spatial orientation, making navigation more effective.
dd Physicalised Trails to Strings. This was a good visualisation of completion.
dd Physicalised Trails to Cotton Balls. Participants found this very tiring.
Our first set of experiments seek to test whether fully relying on one essential element of a map would allow people to still use a map effectively.
We decided to physicalise those elements, in order to keep them in a single dimension. In layman terms, the goal is to test whether the user can navigate without stopping to look at the environment.
For simplicity, we called these “physicalised single dimension navigation”.
dd Participants were tasked to find a specific colour.
dd Participants were tasked to follow our phone haptics.
dd Participants were tasked to follow the Sound.
It became a little complicated with directional arrows, since we couldn't just place an arrow on the ground. Physicalising it meant we had to explore other mediums: Haptics, Sound, Colour.
dd Trust in backtracked water.
dd Backtracking with water.
Pushing the idea of physicalisation further, our next set of experiments explored trust and backtracking.
When left with a disappearing trail of water to backtrack with, participants found it useful as it provides constant affirmation.
Their sense of affirmation did not waver even though there were missing spots of water to guide them, because they were able to pick up the missing pieces for finding their direction.
What i've learnt throughout this semester project.
Logical flows work well in our brains, but it also needs to be communicated well to work.
There were many times when the group presented many information, but didn't get anything through to the audience. As we worked on more content, we had to remember that content is meant to be digested.