Interactive Design

24 Mar

Interactive design is designing something, whether it be an interface or object, that can be manipulated and changed by a person either physically i.e. with their hands, or by using an electronic extension of the design such as a computer mouse or controller.

The internet, or websites, is the main thing I think about when the words ‘interactive design’ come up because there are hundreds of thousands, probably millions anyone with the internet has access to. The user interacts with the internet by generally clicking on buttons to go where they please or typing in words in the search bar to easily find what they are looking for. There are many many websites on the internet although each relating to various categories. There are online shopping websites and websites for only information; there are also websites that do both and also sites that allow the user to interact with another person as discussed previously, referring to Web 2.0. These sites create a different interactive experience to what they would normally do. For example information websites provide the information previously found in a book which changes the interactivity associated with getting the information. Instead of physically opening the book and flicking through pages, one just clicks buttons. Instead of going to the shop, handling the object, handling the money then handing it over, a few clicks on the mouse and the object is delivered to your door.

This is an application called ‘Incredibox’ which allows the user to create their own song using a variety of given beats, melodies, simple voice recordings and other sound effects. The process involves the user selecting a sound from the bottom and dragging and dropping the sound they want on top of the figure in the white screen. Each time a sound is added another figure pops up allowing you to insert another. The song can have a maximum of seven sounds. The sounds are categorized and colour coded and each one has their own symbol helping you to distinguish between the various sounds. The design also allows you to record your song for thirty seconds so all that time you’ve spent perfecting a song hasn’t gone to waste. Click image to go to application.



Every video game is a piece of interactive design. The start-up menu is designed in a similar way to a website allowing you to navigate your way to the ‘start game’ button and of course the game play itself is the user interacting with the character or objects within the game. As seen here I have used Uncharted 3 as an example where game design is starting to evolve into something more like an interactive movie giving the user a much more intense experience (click image to go to game trailer). Various controllers for video games such as the WII controller and the very old idea of a gun controller greatly affect the user’s experience when playing a game as it puts them in the position of the virtual character. Together, movie like graphics and realistic controllers produce an intense and joyous experience through interactive design.



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