Animistic Design – A New Approach to IoT & AI
In a newly published paper, “Animistic design: how to reimagine digital interaction between the human and the nonhumanâ€ (Digital CreativityÂ – Special Issue:Â Post-Anthropocentric Creativity), my co-authorÂ Betti MarenkoÂ and I argue that a new model is needed for design in an Internet of Things world. We think itâ€™s time to rethink the standards of Human Centered Design, AI, and interaction design, especially for open-ended, creative contexts, whether thatâ€™s directing a self-driving car, planning a vacation, or solving a hard legal problem.
See my Medium post “Rethink IxD” on this topic.
These videos areÂ from the Little Data WranglersÂ research project conducted in 2014. The video demonstrates the use of working, speculative prototypes of what Animistic Design might be like. Additional videos and commentary from the 2012 AniThings research project areÂ here.
For more thoughts on animism, please see anÂ interview with Betti and myself, conducted by London based design studio 1984Â on their blogÂ 1984 Bold Ideas.
Marenko, B., & van Allen, P. (2016). Animistic design: how to reimagine digital interaction between the human and the nonhuman. Digital Creativity, 1-19. doi:10.1080/14626268.2016.1145127
Davies, D. (2015). Animism in Design: Creating an Internet of (Quirky) Things. Retrieved from http://1984boldideas.com/animism-design-creating-internet-quirky-things/