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Arthur Carabott

MA work

How to change a number

A study in interaction design, taking the same problem of inputting a number into a computer and designing interactions for a wide range of needs, contexts and technologies.

The study reveals the wide range of purposes and needs of number interfaces, despite the superficial simplicity of the problem.

The interfaces span technologies ranging from the classic mouse and keyboard, to augmented reality, re-invigorating traditional hardware with machine-learning, rethinking interactions for touch screen devices and sound controlled interfaces.

As well as developing a set of interactions that improve on and question this fundamental interaction with technology, the study resulted in a body of meta-knowledge embodied in a tool for assisting the design of numeric interfaces.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Global Innovation Design, 2017

  • I design and build interactions and interfaces for experts. I am interested in how the tools we use shape the work we create, and the thoughts we can think. I strive to make our connection to technology as fluent as the connection between a musician and their instrument.
  • Degrees

  • BA Music Informatics, University of Sussex, 2009
  • Experience

  • Research intern, HARC YCombinator Research, Los Angeles, 2017; Interaction designer, Asif Khan Ltd, London, 2013–2014; Freelance interaction design engineer, London, 2012–2015
  • Exhibitions

  • ID View, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn New York, 2015; Work-in-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2016; Work-in-Progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Imperial College Work-in-Progress Show, Imperial College, London, 2017
  • Awards

  • University of Sussex Outstanding Informatics Final Year Project, 2009; Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851 Design Studentship, 2015-2017