Interaction designer

Credits to Mattias Andersson

To start off my blog I’ve chosen to look at the work of an interaction designer Mattias Anderson, who is based in Sweden. He has designed and created these ‘media cubes’ to control media players such as your television or personal computer. I find it to be an interesting concept as he has designed a very ‘hands on’ approach to controlling your media. They work by sensing the orientation and rotation of each; so for example to change the volume you would place the cube on the volume side and twist to the left or right to decrease or increase volume.

While I find this to be a clever idea, it to me highlights how designers often go passed the stage of designing for practicality and we focus very much on aiming to improve user interfaces. But has this really been done here? When changing a channel, you want simple, easy to understand controls from the comfort of your sofa. Here, what has resulted is a product which you must place on a hard surface such as a table and concentrate on whether you are on the correct side to carry out the task you wish.  It’s unnatural to us, and often humans don’t like change.

I see this to be a prime example of designing something just because you can, not for a real purpose. I believe it has a limited market, and its the type of thing that would become a nuisance quite quickly. Despite me saying this; I’m sure this is the type of product I would enjoy, purely for the novelty of it.