Documentation & Reflection

week 3

Yi Lu - Sun 15 March 2020, 12:21 am
Modified: Sun 15 March 2020, 12:21 am

World Café

This week is my first week back to campus, and I hope everything goes well for this semester.

There was a “World Café” in this week's class. Students' ideas were divided into 17 categories: Beautify the Self, Change through discomfort, Altered Landscapes, Enhanced mundane spaces, Everyday sustainability, Musical things, Emotional totems, Musical metrics, Emotional intelligence, Sassy tech, Guided movement, Bothersome tech, Change through positive reinforcement, Digital sensations, Creative Learning, Body as a controller, Ability-centric interactions.

In a randomly allocated group discussion, we had a deeper discussion of different ideas from the same classification.

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In this activity, I found a lot of interesting ideas. However, these ideas may not be perfect in the current stage and need further optimization. An idea that impressed me throughout the discussion came from “beautify the self”. To put it simply, the meaning of this idea is to use a wearable device to detect a person's mood and health status and visualize the user's health status in the form of a tree to help users pay attention to their physical health status. When the user's physical condition is in good condition, the growth state of the tree shows a good trend, otherwise, the health trend of the tree will show a downward trend.

First of all, I think this idea is very good. Visualizing things that are difficult for people to perceive will better attract people's attention. However, the downside of this idea is that it may have a negative psychological impact on some users. For example, some users who are not in good physical condition or who have psychological problems, if their tree growth status has been showing a downward trend, will this bring them bad psychological cues and cause a vicious circle?

The discussion of this idea led me to discover that every idea may not be perfect, because everyone's thinking has certain limitations. Therefore, discussion and research with different people can better avoid this situation. And can make their own design can be adapted to more users.

In the final group selection, I chose music-related topics, because I think that music can be engaging and give users a better interactive experience. At the same time, I have more information on this topic.

Workshop Induction


I think this course is very necessary. In the group creation later this semester, we are likely to involve making our own installations. This course mainly introduces the use of different machines and facilities.

Project Ideas and Inspirations

Yi Lu - Mon 2 March 2020, 7:25 pm
Modified: Mon 2 March 2020, 7:25 pm

Where Does the fireworks Go


Concept Brief

My design idea is to create a device that can control the display of fireworks by swiping up and down. It will consist of 3 parts: a curved projection screen, projector, and touch screens.


I hope that through this interactive experience, people can learn that setting off fireworks will generate a lot of harmful gases and cause harm to plants and animals in our natural environment. While experiencing this immersive interactive experience, it can inspire people's environmental awareness.

How to Play

The user can swipe up or down on the touch screen in the center of the curved-screen to control the dynamic image in the curved screen.


When the user swipes up the touch screen, as the gesture will bloom fireworks in the sky and smoke will be polluted on the screen, the surrounding environment will change accordingly. However, when the user swipes down the touch screen, the entire process of setting off fireworks will be reversed, the air will become clearer, and the surrounding environment will become better.

The whole interaction process will involve the interaction of sound, image, and gesture.


  1. The Gardens Between

This is a puzzle game. Users need to swipe the screen left and right to manipulate the flow of time in the storyline to solve the difficulties and help the characters in the game to complete the task.

  1. “Repairing Charm” in Harry Potter

This is a magic that restores the item as it is by turning time back.


  • #Environmental Protection
  • #Projection
  • #Light and shadow interaction

week 1

Yi Lu - Thu 27 February 2020, 9:02 pm
Modified: Thu 27 February 2020, 9:02 pm


My major is interaction design and this is the third semester of my study. in the last 1 year of study, I learned professional knowledge of interaction design and I found that when I use the mobile apps, I would like to think more about the user interface design and user experience of the app than before. I like to watch some science fiction movies or TV shows such as “Black Mirror”. These kinds of films bring me a lot of new thinking. For example, when we are designing a new high-tech human-computer interaction experience, as an interaction designer, in addition to making the interaction experience more user-friendly, we should also think more about the balance between users and the environment to avoid some negative effects or results. I hope that the future interaction design will bring positive influence and thinking instead of becoming a hidden danger in future society.


During this course of this semester, I hope that I can design and implement an interesting, creative and engaging interaction design and promote interaction between strangers. Combining the learning experience of the previous two semesters, I hope that we can better promote and complete the communication and cooperation between the group members, and everyone can seriously complete the task. And, I hope that in this process, we can do every iteration carefully, real and from data. In addition, I hope I can learn physical computing skills and I think that will be very interesting.