Interaction Research Studio’s (IRS) practice-based research integrates design-led research methods with work on embedded and ubiquitous technologies to produce prototype products embodying new concepts for interaction. It explores the design of computational systems for everyday life. IRS don’t pursue design as problem solving, but instead design products to create situations that encourage playfulness, exploration and insight. Because their prototypes are evocative and open ended, a crucial part of their process involves asking volunteers to live with our designs to see how their experiences evolve. The outcomes of the work include articles and exhibitions that expose their philosophies, methods and empirical work to academic, industrial and general publics.
The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool