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Isabel Lizardi

MA work

Material Magic

The sense of touch plays a key role in human understanding, communication and interpretation of the world around us. However, existing human–computer interface designs tend to exclude our tactile faculties completely, and limit our interactions to programmed interfaces. This project is an investigation into the practical possibilities and the playful explorations that could be unleashed through a ‘digital clay’ that allows users to bridge the digital–physical divide through touch. Material Magic aims to challenge existing understandings of human–computer interfaces, and provoke discussion into the future of design, communication and entertainment.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2009

  • Material Magic

    The sense of touch plays a key role in human understanding, communication and interpretation of the world around us. However, existing human–computer interface designs tend to exclude our tactile faculties completely, and limit our interactions to programmed interfaces. This project is an investigation into the practical possibilities and the playful explorations that could be unleashed through a ‘digital clay’ that allows users to bridge the digital–physical divide through touch. Material Magic aims to challenge existing understandings of human–computer interfaces, and provoke discussion into the future of design, communication and entertainment.

  • Degrees

  • Research Degree, Product Design, Kyoto Seika University, Japan, 2007; BA (Hons) Fine Arts & Japanese Studies, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2005
  • Experience

  • Product Designer, UNESCO & TRIFED, New Delhi, India, 2008; Teaching Assistant, Interac Co. Ltd., Yahaba, Japan, 2005-6; Graphic Design, DFSI, Philadelphia, USA, 2004; Laboratory Assistant, Yale University, New Haven, USA, 2000-3
  • Exhibitions

  • SIDeR Conference: Flirting with the Future, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, 2009; Seoul Design Olympiad, Jamsil Stadium, Seoul, Korea, 2008
  • Awards

  • Second prize, GoGlobal - The Future of Food Project, 2008; Freeman Asia Scholarship, 2003