Posts tagged ‘Marc Hassenzahl’

October 15, 2015

The delicacy of handshakes


Eva Lenz will talk about our approach of an “Aesthetic of Interaction” at DeSForM 2015 “Dynamic, multisensory, wise” in Milan. Looking forward to this event. Meet Eva and Matthias at the conference.

Friday, October 16th, 11.30 a.m.
Eva Lenz
The delicacy of handshakes: Reflections on the aesthetics of interaction”

Marc Hassenzahl, Eva Lenz, Sarah Diefenbach, Nigel Geh Keong Teck, “The delicacy of handshakes: Reflections on the aesthetics of interaction”

September 8, 2015

A beast with good intentions. In a nutshell: “Annoying, but in a Nice Way”


Download the paper here…

“Annoying, but in a Nice Way”: An Inquiry into the Experience of Frictional Feedback

Matthias Laschke 1, Sarah Diefenbach 2, and Marc Hassenzahl 1
1 Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany
2 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

There is increasing interest in the potential use of interactive technologies as a means to motivate attitudinal and behavioral change. At the heart of this function is the provision of feedback, such as steps taken, kilowatt-hours used, or liters of water consumed. Often, however, this feedback involves a mere visualization—an appeal aimed at turning meaning into action. The present paper suggests an alternative approach: feedback designed to create situated friction, which then inspires reflection and meaning-making. Such frictional feedback attempts to disrupt routines and to imply alternative courses of action. At the same time, it should be experienced as acceptable and meaningful. The present case explores the experience of frictional feedback through the Never Hungry Caterpillar, a device designed to avoid the energy wastage caused by keeping electronic equipment in standby mode.

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July 23, 2015

Technik zum Menschen bringen

Das BMBF hat den 2. Zukunftskongress Demografie unter dem Stichwort “Technik zum Menschen bringen” in einem kleinen Film zusammengefasst. Für die Ungeduldigen: ab 1:40 gibt es Impressionen unseres “Nähe auf Distanz”-Projektes.