Posts tagged ‘captology’

March 19, 2014

Pleasurable Troublemakers at

Check out the latest feature about our “Pleasurable Troublemakers” at Some weeks ago Matthias talked to Eric Jaffe, who is a New York City based writer. To cut a long story short, check it out yourself.

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March 12, 2014

Transformational Objects at Habit Summit Europe

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We all know people, who seem to have all the “good” habits: Taking the bike instead of the car or showering only briefly and only cool. Wouldn’t it be nice to adopt at least some of  those for the sake of our own health and the environment? This is easier said than done. “How can we build and adopt good habits, which support achieving our self-set goals?”  One potential answer is: “Through transformational objects”. Objects, which materialize good habits, but with a little twist. Meet Matthias in Amsterdam on the Habit Summit Europe to learn more.
April 30, 2014
Wibautstraat 127
1091 GL Amsterdam
June 10, 2012

The Chocolate Machine at BloombergBusinessweek and [updt]

Based on our Note at CHI’12, The Chocolate Machine arouses some interest. Marc talked to Drake Bennett of BloombergBusinessweek. Additionally, Tim Manners of posted an short note about the Chocolate Machine. Additionally The Food Chanel posted some lines about the Chocolate Machine.

March 28, 2012

I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it

Transformational Objects aim at facilitating the realization of actions people find worthwhile, but hard to implement. To do so, the objects comments on our actions the very moment we may fall prey to a temptation. The object creates friction – but in a playful, slightly mocking way. Learn more …

Episode 3: Greenstuff Glory by Constanze Schlüter

December 2, 2011

Transformational Objects at the E CULTURE FAIR 2011 [updt]

This year we were invited to present our Transformational Objects at the e culture fair 2011 in Hasselt, Belgium.

Here are some impressions from the show.

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November 24, 2011

Aesthetic of Friction – TEDx Utrecht

As infodesign writes “It’s academic, so it must be European.” Yes guys!

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October 26, 2011

Games, Life and Utopia

Reto Wettach is organizing Games, Life and Utopia for November 11th, 2p.m. at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and I will be a part of it.

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October 12, 2011

Zwischen Können und Tun liegt ein großes Meer und auf seinem Grunde die gescheiterte Willenskraft

Unser i-com Themenheft zu Persuasiven Technologien  ist da!

Hier das Editorial zur Einführung:

Hassenzahl, M., Prinz, W., Buchholz, H., & Laschke, M. (2011). Zwischen Können und Tun liegt ein großes Meer und auf seinem Grunde die gescheiterte Willenskraft. i-com, 10(2), 1-2. Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag GmbH München, Germany. doi:10.1524/icom.2011.0014

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September 16, 2011

Transformationale Produkte beim ökoRAUSCH Symposium

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August 17, 2011

All right!

Unsorted mail, overfull garden sheds, disheveled desks – we all know this kind of mess. Now and then, we sort the mail and clear the desk not only to be able to find things again but also to satisfy our psychological need for order and security.

Do/Panik – a student project by Tobias Ellinger and Philip Oettershagen – seduces its user to tidy up the desk. To do so it offers a variety of modes – grids, regions – projected on the desk to stimulate order. But it also acknowledges our imperfection: a panic button just hides the mess when it getsoverwhelming.  Do/Panik suggests that tidying up is not only a chore, but fulfills an important psychological need for security.