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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For more on this idea, check out Digital Wellbeing Labs. They did a show on this in London a few years ago, featuring all wooden-cased electronics, and attempting to address the idea of how to design electronics as potential heirlooms.
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