Redesigning libraries with people at the centre through Interaction Design

Posted by Michael Wolf on December 21, 2016 | No Comments

Media and information technology plays an integral role in the design of 21st century public learning environments such as museums and libraries. Facilities and relevant technology systems must be strategically designed with users at the centre as they explore and search, extract and collate, collect and visualise, annotate and share, save and transfer a diverse range of media formats including text, sound, graphics and video.
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A core competency in providing inclusive and meaningful access to technology-mediated library assets is Interaction Design (IxD). Closely linked to service design, IxD aims at designing frameworks to guide people’s interactions with information, media, systems, and service personnel.

Smarter Living through interactive exhibits? A case study

Posted by Michael Wolf on November 22, 2016 | No Comments

Energy Game at the Smart Living Challenge Zone

The Smart Living Challenged Zone was installed at the Two Oceans Aquarium in November 2015 to create awareness around the sustainability issues of water, waste, energy and biodiversity.
Just under a year later, and with up to 1200 visitors to the exhibit each day, we commissioned Anne Van de Poel, a Dutch researcher living in Cape Town, to evaluate the Smart Living Challenge Zone.

Local innovation acknowledged on global platform for creating a more sustainable world

Posted by Michael Wolf on October 21, 2016 | No Comments

A mobile inspection tool designed to improve service delivery in low income areas has been selected for the 2016 Sustainia100, a global campaign created to identify the best solutions and projects for “a more sustainable world and a better tomorrow”.

Books versus tablets in South African schools?

Posted by Michael Wolf on June 16, 2015 | No Comments

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Earlier this year, the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry of South Africa (TAPPSA) has asked Michael Wolf a couple of questions for their journal around e-Learning and technology in South African classrooms.

Making the right connections at the right time in education

Posted by Michael Wolf on May 15, 2015 | No Comments

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Education can benefit from ICT in a host of different areas from organisational management to learning tools, but what is the most powerful opportunity of all?

Formula D wins gold award for innovative property app

Posted by Designtalk on March 12, 2015 | No Comments

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An innovative app that helped a developer sell more than R300-milllion worth of property in three months has won a Gold Award for Technical Innovation. The app provides potential buyers with a real-time, self-controlled “walk-through” experience of a selected apartment, seeing every corner and the actual view from every room and window.

Rethinking the process of museum making

Posted by Designtalk on December 15, 2014 | No Comments

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Khayelitsha, Cape Town’s biggest township, needs a museum to commemorate the area’s violent history of state-sanctioned racism, political activism and forced evictions. However, the precarious poverty situation in the neighbourhood bears the risk of resistance against any development that may not be seen as an immediate improvement of residents’ living conditions. To address this and other challenges, Formula D interactive devised an alternative approach to museum making. By means of technology tools, service design and interaction design, the project focuses on community engagement and collective oral history recording as a foundation for the new museum.

Designing the future of history in South African museums

Posted by Designtalk on August 23, 2014 | No Comments

Mount Bosiu Interactive mountain exhibit

Local interactive technology design expert Formula D interactive has worked with local museums in Southern Africa on upgrading their exhibitions by introducing various advanced technological elements to transform the museum-goers’ experience.

Infamous South African Prison to be converted into state of the art museum experience

Posted by Designtalk on May 22, 2014 | No Comments

The Old Prison Museum in Pietermaritzburg has exceptional historic significance for South Africa and its people. The building is a monument for the ill-treatment of human rights in South Africa during colonial rule and Apartheid era. Formula D interactive has been commissioned by Project Gateway to produce an interactive museum experience based on a concept the […]

Formula D interactive tackles education crisis with human centered design processes

Posted by Designtalk on April 3, 2014 | No Comments


If you visit Masiphumelele Primary School in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha today, you are in for a surprise. A previously unused classroom has been transformed into a vibrant, energetic space where children are able to have fun and learn at the same time. The Learning Innovation Design Lab allows learners from previously disadvantaged communities to engage with technology through computer games and creative workshops. The initiative has already inspired an interest in information technology and design in roughly 100 children who may not have been previously exposed to them.

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