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Santa as a designer; the personality of doors

Posted in emotional design, interaction design by Dan on December 23, 2009

Here are 10 reasons why Santa is a great designer, from UI Trends. I have to say, though, that Santa is also a great manager if the elves are still there making all the toys for him.

Nicolas Nova blogged about a paper from the International Journal of Design about how people interpret the movement of automatic doors as a gesture. The simple interaction pattern involved with automatic doors contains a rich set of challenges with regard to emotional design. The study described in the paper analyzed participants’ responses to different door “gestures.” The paper (by Ju and Takayama) can be downloaded here (PDF). The subject reminds me of the XKCD cartoon “Automatic Doors” as well as the Pizza Planet airlock in Toy Story (see below).

With that, I wish you a happy holiday and new year! DIDaily will return bright and early on January 4, 2010.

Armored guards block the automatic doors at Pizza planet
Automatic doors open and the guards move out of the way
Buzz and Woody get ready to sneak into Pizza Planet

Citation for the paper: Ju and Takayama. “Approachability: How People Interpret Automatic Door Movement as Gesture.” International Journal of Design 3.2 (2009).

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