David Hedberg


David Hedberg


David Hedberg


Weiwei Liang


Weiwei Liang


Weiwei Liang


Information Experience Design: Royal College of Art

19th June 2014

As we live in a more digitally enhanced world our relationship with digital data is changing. What had once been hidden is slowly becoming more visible as we live our lives through dual experiences both on and off line.

Recognising the importance of this burgeoning area, Information Experience Design is a new programme at the Royal College of Art which has its first cohort of students graduating this summer.

The course explores how design can transform information into experiences and objects making somewhat the intangible tangible.

Doing exactly this in a very poetic way were David Hedberg with his Smile TV and Colour Binding projects as well as Weiwei Liang with her Feed project.

In a world where content is widely available on our tv's i pads, smart phones and digital billboards we are constantly bombarded with information, but do we actually like the constant information overload?

Hedberg's Smile TV explores this idea and works on facial recognition and only plays content clearly when the viewer smiles - posing questions about the growing 'like' economy and how we consume digital content.

Hedbergs other project Colour Binding was borne out of a frustration of the ever looming internet of things whereby all our products will be interconnected.

Making objects uniquely identifiable via code, he believes we can establish a new way of viewing digital information and interacting with it in the physical space.

Using colour as his coding system his project suggests how currently inanimate objects in our home could act as triggers - for instance the distance a green plant is from a red book and the blue armchair dictates which song is being played from an online record collection and how loud it is being played.

Drawing parallels between weaving as an age old technique and the written word as primitive data storage, Weiwei has designed an analogue textile process using binary code and the warp and weft.

Seeing the weft in front of the warp as a 1 and behind as a 0, she asks visitors to spell their name by following the coding system she has devised.

To show runs till the 29th June.

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