The Good Men of India – Interaction Design Perspective

October 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Posted in interaction design | Leave a comment
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One advantage of Facebook is a shared source of knowledge among people of similar interests, sometimes diverse interests as well. Having said that, a Newyork Times Article was often circulated across my newsfeed for several days. Anticipating something interesting, i read the article and came across an interesting representation of “persona” described by a new reporter.

The article gives a realistic view on not so publicized side of Indian men. Interesting article, and perhaps many wise people can provide more detailed analysis of the article from journalism, cultural, social etc. perspective.

The paragraph which strikes the most is where the Common Indian Male is explained through various cultural, social and behavioral aspects. The paragraph may not have been intended to explain a persona – a theory which Interaction Designers often use to detail the target users, but without any doubt, a very detailed yet compact persona of Common Indian Male is explained in this article. Here is what is says,

“Common Indian Male, a category that deserves taxonomic recognition: committed, concerned, cautious; intellectually curious, linguistically witty; socially gregarious, endearingly awkward; quick to laugh, slow to anger. Frequently spotted in domestic circles, traveling in a family herd. He has been sighted in sari shops and handbag stores, engaged in debating his spouse’s selection with the sons and daughters who trail behind. There is, apparently, no domestic decision that is not worthy of his involvement.

There is a telling phrase that best captures the Indian man in a relationship — whether as lover, parent or friend: not “I love you” but “Main hoon na.” It translates to “I’m here for you” but is better explained as a hug of commitment — “Never fear, I’m here.” These are men for whom commitment is a joy, a duty and a deep moral anchor.

At its excessive worst, this sensibility can produce annoyances: a sentimentalized addiction to Mummy; concern that becomes judgmental and stifling; and a proud or oversensitive emotional landscape.”

A good example to be used in my Interaction Design courses!!

Grocery shopping at Public transit

July 11, 2011 at 3:35 am | Posted in interaction design, technology | Leave a comment
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Imagine how technology is transforming lives and our comfort level. A recent launch from Tesco (Homeplus in Korea), where grocery shopping made easy through a QR code based smart phone application, allowing people to buy grocery items on the transit path.

I was wondering, what if technology is involved in all tasks around us to make it easy, would that be interesting or will we consider it as technology invading our lives? An interesting debate, isn’t it?

Coming IXDA 2011

October 4, 2010 at 3:16 am | Posted in interaction design | 1 Comment
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All of you who are interested in Interaction Design, Research, new innovation, design strategy etc., you will find a good blend of all at IXDA 2011. This time it is happening at Boulder, Colorado. Interesting programs, workshops and a good line up of speakers that includes Bill Verplank, Brenda Laurel, Bruce Sterling, Eric Hersman, Jason Bruges, Richard Buchanan, Lisa Strausfeld. Will wait for the videos!!

Here you can find the details

Music in Images

September 19, 2010 at 7:24 am | Posted in creative, interaction design, interface design | Leave a comment
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Arjun Gupta, a master student in Digital Media from Drexel University, Philadelphia PA sent a mail to Prof. Ravi Mokashi, which was later on forwarded to me to get some feedback on his thesis project called “music in images”, where algorithmic music composition is created from digital images. While going through the website, and uploading an actual image, it is really pleasant and worth using it. Arjun mentions

“It presents an approach where visual art (or visual data) is transformed into music art (or sound data) through the application of an algorithmic filter.

This project presents a new approach towards algorithmic music composition where the music is composed using the pixel values of digital images. The application makes use of image data, such as: pixel Color, Saturation, Brightness, and qualities like: Overall Image Brightness, Color Variation and Prominent Colors. The song attributes controlled by them include: Melody generation, Durations, Cord Generation, Chord Progression, Tempo,Scale and Transposition.”

Great going Arjun

google ate all buttons :) interesting discussion

September 18, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Posted in interaction design | 2 Comments
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There is an interesting discussion going on IXDA group on “the death of buttons, google killed them”. It shows a known yet non-discussed approach towards google’s “enter” key used to search keywords instead of using search “button” on google. Pritam Pebam has initiated this talk and its really taking it to an interesting and different point of views regarding the same topic.

Though i think i mut mention one point here, that might not agree with what Pritam says, is “the enter key press may be relevant to tech savvy users, but when it comes to non tech savvy users, they really need the search “button”, i have live examples infront – is my dad. Also sometimes the auto suggest is irritating for them as they do not come to browse on net, but they have a specific and focused requirement and they feel irritated when unnecessary auto suggest feature comes along”

But really nice going & worth reading discussion.

round your tunes!!

June 29, 2010 at 7:18 am | Posted in interaction design | 1 Comment

As this blog showcases several projects on different interaction modalities, i thought this will be a nice project to showcase.

Teague team has developed an exploration on radio interfaces from a flat interface to a rounded interface. Though was wondering, how it works when it goes to real users. As designers we should really think about these kinds of interfaces to overcome the flat and boring interactions.

“The Radioball, an idea conceived and built by Teague’s Benoit Collette and Adam Kumpf, is an exploratory device that encourages discovery through rich spatial interaction. Thinking back to the days of old analog radios, the magic of finding unexpected stations in the midst of fuzz was both enchanting and evocative. Compare that with today’s digital-based interactions of screens and tact switches; they give us exactly what we want when we want it, but leave no room to stumble onto alternative choices.”


i always wanted this!! firefox sync

June 24, 2010 at 8:56 am | Posted in interaction design | Leave a comment
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I have an office computer and my own laptop that i use it at home. Unfortunately, i always have to struggle for bookmarks, add-on etc. Though i used to have, but other features i used struggle for. But saw on mozilla firefox blog that firefox has come up with firefox sync that accomplishes the requirements i was look for.

“It makes your bookmarks, history, Awesome Bar intelligence, passwords, form-fill data and open tabs accessible from Firefox running on other computers and mobile phones. And unlike cloud services that use your data to track your travels throughout the Web for ad targeting or other purposes, Firefox Sync encrypts all of your data before sending it to the server. This means you do not have to sacrifice any privacy or control while still getting the convenience of ubiquitous access to your data using Firefox Sync.”

Currently it is available as add on for free, but with firefox 4.0, it will have inbuilt feature. Waiting to see more from firefox!!

envisioning 2020

April 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Posted in future, interaction design, technology | Leave a comment
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Last year, Forbes and Frog design jointly worked on a project of envisioning future in 2020. Here i am showcasing some concept that have created.

Shopping on the go!! In the future we won’t need big retail stores with aisles of objects on display. We’ll be able to shop out in the world. Do you like that new car you saw drive by? Or those cool shoes on the woman sitting across the room? All you’ll have to do is look at it and your mobile handset or AR-equipped eyeglasses will identify the object and look up the best price and retailer.

Bodynet!! Like Google for our bodies, future technologies will allow us to monitor our body’s vital conditions and compute the outcome of our actions on-the-fly. So you’ll know right away what it’s going to take to work off that Burger and Coke.

Whuffie meter!! Curious about the future of social networking? Whuffie is a conceptual social Metric based on what others think of you. Socializing will take on completely new dimensions when we can see everything public about a person right as we are talking with them. Think dating is difficult today? Imagine the hoops we’ll have to jump through when everyone in the bar can see your complete dating history the minute you walk into the room.

Now specially for the last one: Aren’t we getting too much into someone’s personal life. One of the fundamental of Ubicomp says, “technology should not overcome user”. But here it seems it does, no??

windows 7 mobile

February 18, 2010 at 8:07 am | Posted in interaction design | Leave a comment
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Microsoft launched windows 7 mobile during world mobile conference in Barcelona. Its has got really refreshing graphics, attractive and a nice interface. Also, the interface seems like not only made for stylus based interaction but also finger touch based interactions. It showcases web contents, music, xbox application, activity sharing services on a single view. Few of the features i liked is:

  • refreshing graphics
  • attractive interface of video & photo navigation
  • recent called list
  • phonebook navigation
  • xbox applications
  • message sharing

It has got really impressive first look in comparison with iphone, andriod and blackberry interfaces.

future play!!

February 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Posted in interaction design, technology | 2 Comments
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IDEO’s new concept video on future play is interesting. Some of the scenarios mentioned in the video are worth considering from energy conservation point of view. This video basically focuses on tomorrow’s energy usage and how people will actually use them in their daily lives.

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