21st Century Barometer

My year 3 project, 21st Century Barometer, was a collaboration between Digital Interaction Design and Product Design, jointly known as Social Digital. The brief was to create a household appliance that supplies useful information from the internet on a daily basis. The projects were based on two sources of inspiration we looked at over the course.

My design was based on the research done by students from DJCAD’s Masters of Design Ethnography in partnership with NCR. They looked at how creative families in the cities of Shanghai, Paris and New York live, and how design can help improve their lives. Working in collaboration with Rachael Johnston, we created Cash Flow:

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Cash flow is a water feature designed to fit into your daily routine.  A simple glance on the way out the door gives the user an abstract view of their financial state based on their bank balance, which may affect how they spend their day.  It’s aim is to give the user a simple way to gauge their finances, while maintaining a level of privacy. What is considered to be a large amount of money and a little amount of money is decided by the user and is represented by the speed of the water, so your finances stay personal while acting as a decorative focal point in the home.

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