This talk focuses on...
● My background in interaction design
● What interaction design is
● How interaction design can be applied to physical
interfaces, not just software ones
● Teensy microcontroller demo that uses a pressure
sensor to control mouse movements on the
Hullo. I’m Ariel Cotton.
● Artist who makes comics, interactive & figurative art
● Toy inventor
● Interaction designer
● Merges art, design & technology to create
emotionally engaging and novel experiences
● Lives and dies by being interdisciplinary
Interaction design is...
● what defines the behavior of an interactive product
● shaping digital things for people’s use
● designing the experience of how users interact with
an object or device, especially in the digital world.
● making digital things as user-friendly as possible
● a relatively new discipline
Household digital devices & ubiquitous computing
How do you… (a) do; (b) feel; (c) know?
Isn’t interaction design more or less the same thing as
user interface design, user experience design, human-computer
interaction, web design, product design,
industrial design or visual design?
A couple more points about
● Many art, design and tech fields are more
interconnected than people think, and they use
● I use principles of interaction design in almost all my
work, be it art, inventing or web design.
● Ultimately anything that follows the principles I
mentioned is a piece of interaction design.
Design as a way of life
● I see everything in life as a design problem waiting to
● I scrutinize all my surroundings with the same critical
eye I use when I’m designing something or critiquing
another person’s design.
● Interaction design deals primarily with software
interfaces, but in order to be a good interaction
designer, you need to notice how everybody interacts
Everywhere you look you’ll see examples of
interface, layout, and color decision-making.
I take walks through Gowanus and get inspired by
the old-school typography on all the signs.
If you have any questions about Arduino, interaction
design or anything else I’ve discussed, or you’re interested
in keeping up with my work, feel free to find me on Twitter
@argoncobalt or look up my website, www.electricstud.io.