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Making Magic: Designing for Open Interactions in Museum Settings

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Robyn Taylor, Professor John Bowers, Bettina Nissen, Gavin Wood, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright, Lindsey Bruce, Roy Bearpark


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© 2015 ACM.This paper describes three interactive artefacts created for a children's exhibition intended to encourage creativity and allow educational opportunities to emerge naturally through playful exploration. We describe five sensibilities that were used to inform our designs: considering artefacts as resources and scaffolds for imaginative engagement, rewarding extended investment, facilitating requisite unpredictability, encouraging an imaginative orientation to participation, and permitting multiple loci for interaction. Based on observation of how our interactives were used by the public, we discuss how our approach facilitated 'open interactions' in a manner that was sensitive to the museum context, favoured a mix of materialities, and manifested a subtle mix of participation and designer autonomy.

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Author(s): Taylor R, Bowers J, Nissen B, Wood G, Chaudhry Q, Wright P, Bruce L, Glynn S, Mallinson H, Bearpark R

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: C&C '15 SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition

Year of Conference: 2015

Pages: 313-322

Online publication date: 22/06/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc


DOI: 10.1145/2757226.2757241

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781450335980