Reimagining Interaction Through Animistic Design

On Thursday May 21, Phil van Allen from Art Center Collage of Design staged an inspiring interaction design workshop entitled “Reimagining Interaction Through Animistic Design”. He started by showing some examples from his classes at the Media Design Practices program. Then he set our students to work on how systems and people interact by designing behaviors and applying the ideas of animism.
Students worked with Phil’s NetLab Toolkit to quickly program product behaviour, with a limited hardware kit (Arduino, Grove shield, a light sensor and a servo motor) and the tinkering material from StudioDo. At the end of the afternoon they presented four animistic concepts.