01 Bill English at SRI

Studio Leaders: Scott Mitchell & Sarah Webber

Studio Partner: Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces

Studio Time & Location: Wednesday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm 100.05.005 & Thursday 12:30 am – 3:30 pm 8.07.44

Mobile computing has had a huge impact on our lives – smart phones and tablet computers have changed the way we move through the city, where and when we work and play, where and what we eat and who we meet. Yet despite this revolutionary effect our interactions with mobile devices often involves tapping on a simulated typewriter interface who’s QWERTY keyboard is now one and a half centuries old.

This studio questions the logic of on-screen ’typing’ as an input method and seeks to imagine alternate mobile interfaces. Students will use a combination of electronic prototyping and rigorous user testing to develop innovative input systems. In doing so students will interrogate concepts such as ‘user-friendly’ design and ’coevolutionary learning’ to establish an understanding of the user experience and the complexities of designing for HCI.

Top image: Bill English working at an SRI ergonomic workstation. Photo: SRI International/Computer History Museum.

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Microwriter MW4 hand-held word-processor circa 1980. Photo: Steve Baker.

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Handmade Keyer as described in ‘Intelligent Image Processing’ by Steve Mann, John Wiley and Sons, 2001.  Photo: Steve Mann.

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Braille Writer. Photo: MASA.