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Wabi-Sabi as Material to Design Temporal Form

2017 "Interaction Design" Project

Design Research, NTUST, TW

Research Team: Yu-Ting Cheng, Bo-Wen Kong, Chian-Huei Ju, Chia-En Lee, Yi-Ting Lee, Rung-Huei Liang. 

Abstract

Wabi-Sabi is one of the Japanese aethetics, describing the beauty of "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete." 'Wabi-Sabi' has been discussed in HCI for years, which provided HCI a rich and unique design perspective. However current researches only discuss the choice of materials (physical form), and less focus on behaviours (temporal form) in interaction design. We believe that Wabi-Sabi can also bring HCI a poetic way of designing the expression. With research through design, we extracted five possible design elements from Wabi-Sabi, and implemented them into a 'one-minute timer'. We created five different temporal forms for timers, and conducted a field study with seven participants. Finally, we reflect our design process, and suggest the definition and possible implementation of five design elements, (A) one encounter one chance, (B) slow thinking, (C) leave blank, (D) destroy, (E) insist.

2017. Paper. TaiCHI conference