Interactive Design

In addition, several design implications for software related to social interaction and cultural inheritance are offered. It is concluded that the cultural characteristics of a society should be a key issue in developing interaction designs. In today’s society technology has probably become the most important aspect in day to day life for many people. The …


Analogue or Digital?

Clouds appear to be popular in the home. Whilst looking for inspiration there have been many cloud related products featured on homeware sites, whether that be an illustration on a cushion or a set of selves. Obviously my outcome will have a very different function than to just be aesthetically pleasing. This, however, has reassured …


Brendan Dawes – Happiness Machine

Thinking differently about my outcome has made me wonder whether I could create a kind of cloud machine that when a button is pressed a fact prints out? This would make it, interactive, educational and hopefully stylish. This thought reminded me of Brendan Dawes Happiness Machine! At his talk last year he spoke about how it was connected to the internet and when the user pressed a button, it would print a tweet related to happiness. However, this didn’t always work, a number of us received pretty much the opposite. This example was both humorous and serious. I’m not looking to create an internet connected printer, but one that perhaps is already set with a number of facts that will be printed on command. I intend to find a way in which I can make the information that I have user ready and easy to understand. I think that this kind of thing could really work!


I’ve decided that I want to create something that is interactive, this will engaged people a lot more than when reading a book. To find ways in which to do this I have decided to look at various 3D cloud examples.

Cloud – Richard Clarkson



“The Cloud is an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment. Using motion sensors the cloud detects a user’s presence and creates a unique lightning and thunder show dictated by their movement. The system features a powerful speaker system from which the user can stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device. Using color-changing lights the cloud is able to adapt to the desired lighting color and brightness. The cloud also has alternative modes such as a nightlight and music reactive mode.” (

So this cloud seems pretty impressive, however, the shape of this example does remind me of a fish. The clouds appearance has been created using a sponge casing that forms the frame and then covered in hypoallergenic fiberfill (what is this?).  This outer hides the ugly inside bits. It is all controlled by using an Arduino (something that I could use for mine perhaps), that controls the motion sensors, lights and speakers.  The user can control the clouds many functions by using a remote, making it even more appealing, being in control is something that people enjoy (well, at least I do).

Hypoallergenic Fiberfill - It appears to be used a lot for pillows and mattress’, mainly because it resists compacting.

Overall, I like this idea. It is interactive, interesting and aesthetically pleasing. It combines many functions all of which can be controlled easily by a small remote. The idea that you can use ‘cloud’ to play your own music makes it more personal and unique the the user.

CLOUD - Caitlind Brown & Wayne Garrett





CLOUD is an interactive installation that consists of 6,000 domestic light bulbs, it uses drop down strings that allow viewers to either turn on or off the lights themselves.

“Simple, bright, and playful, CLOUD functions as an icon of hope and optimism, illustrated by upturned faces, glittering eyes, and a whole that is greater than the sum of its many parts. As incandescent bulbs are phased out in the European Union and various countries around the world, the sculpture gains new meaning as a beacon of transitional technologies and changing futures – where are we going next? On a more symbolic level, CLOUD relies on the universal language of environmental imagery – despite language barriers, cultural differences, and geographic distance, rain clouds are understood by people all around the world.” (