Redesigning libraries with people at the centre through Interaction Design

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.

Formula D wins gold award for innovative property app

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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.

Examples of Non-traditional Interfaces for Education in South Africa

As a specialised design consultancy for interactive learning environments and tools, Formula D interactive has gained valuable project experience in designing non-traditional interfaces for digital educational content and tools in the culturally diverse context of South Africa. The aim of this paper, the final version of which has been published by Springer is to share the company’s experience in the field using prominent examples of their recent work, related research and user testing in order to discuss the merit of large-scale interactive surfaces, gesture-based and tangible interfaces in culturally diverse contexts. The company’s work includes interactive displays for science centres and museums as well as digital learning tools for classroom environments.

Eskom uses video game to inform public about Energy Demand Management

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An interview with designer Scott Chapman about designing the Eskom Energy Planner game

Recently Formula D interactive designed the Eskom Energy Planner Game to educate people on the different power generation technologies in an entertaining way. The online game allows players to take custody of a virtual city’s power plan and seek a balance between the most efficient technologies currently available and the most environmentally friendly ones. Players must also take into account the varying costs of production of the different technologies and face the challenge of maintaining an economically viable mix of all of these elements. We asked Scott Chapman, multimedia designer at Formula D, who was heading the development team at Formula D, what it takes to design an educational game like this.

Interaction design for learning

We all know it; it is the mantra of our time: Our lives have changed a lot in the last years through information and communication technology. It has changed the way we work. It has changed the way we communicate. New technologies like mobile computing, new tools and interfaces not only have a major impact on our work and social experiences, we can rightly claim that they have improved our lives in various areas. Unfortunately, this is not the case in the field of education. Here, it seems as though things are moving slower than anywhere else. The following article proposes various engagement points for interaction designers to make technology count for education.

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority works with South African design company to produce state of the art multi-touch wall

Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has turned to South African design company, Formula D interactive, to create an innovative multi-touch wall that will enable the Authority to communicate its vision and responsibilities to the general public and VIP guests in an original and engaging way. In a market saturated with food and drugs products […]

Designing interfaces to humanise technology

The way we interact with all the small and big machines we handle and inhabit in our daily lives tells us a lot about our personal relationship with technology. What do we actually want from technology and are we really getting it? Which side is more adaptive and compensates for the flaws of the other; Human or machine? What role play designers and artists when designing interfaces for the many black boxes our scientists and technologists surprise us with? Or can only magic save us from becoming machines ourselves? The video shows my 20 minutes talk from last July at Cape Town’s Creative Mornings event and tries to answer some of these questions.

Innovating education in South Africa: Formula D interactive presents a virtual, yet tangible Chemistry Lab.

Formula D interactive Virtual Chemistry Lab

Formula D Interactive recently developed a Virtual Chemistry Lab, as a safe, low cost alternative to the standard chemistry laboratory in schools. The heart of the system is a so called object recognition table. The interactive platform consists of a 50″ High Definition rear projected screen prepped with lots of computing power. Sophisticated pattern recognition technology allows users to navigate content information by placing physical cards onto the table’s glass surface.

Gamification: Gaming the real world

Earlier this year, an angel fell from the sky onto the tiled floor of Victoria Station, London, and began interacting with commuters. It was a beautiful piece of augmented reality by Axe as part of their Excite promotion. It was also a visible marker of where the virtual world is headed: terra firma. From virtual […]

Gold Loerie Award for interactive digital museum exhibition design

Two of this year’s Loerie Awards were awarded to Formula D interactive and partners for their work on the recently opened Museum of Science and Technology of Islam in Saudi Arabia. Loerie gold was given in the Digital Craft category for the overall design excellence achieved. The outstanding timeline multitouch table was awarded silver. Commissioned […]

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