Craft & Design
Matt Cottam’s Wooden logic: In search of heirloom electronics

Matt Cottam Heirloom Electronics

Matt Cottam, CEO of Tellart has posted his thesis from his degree work (Masters of Arts in Interaction Design) at the UmeÃ¥ Institute of Design, UmeÃ¥ University. The thesis explains his “process of sketching and swatchmaking (prototyping) with both digital and analog tools, using both electronic and organic materials”:

This hands-on journey in search of “heirloom electronics” uncovers several possible relationships between the digital, material and natural through a series of working sketch models. Through these sketches and swatches I have sought to explore a harmonious intersection between tradition and technology, and between natural materials,
high craft and digital functionality. I have consistent evidence that the emotional value of handling wood as an interface brought delight to people, and I believe that these studies suggest many possibilities for product, material use and manufacturing techniques.

A link to the PDF is available at: Wooden logic: In search of heirloom electronics

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I'm a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I'm not tinkering, I'm probably editing a book for Maker Media.

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