User Experience Researcher
Design a way to materialise the qualities of mould
Anushka Motiani, Hong Zhou, Roshni Suri and Harry Solomons
AEIOU, Love and Breakup letters
13.10 – 27.10.2022
We revisited the AEIOU exercise splitting each section to each one of the team to conduct research in their kitchen to ground our prototype in a real context, we had to revisit our AEIOU exercise.
Despite the relative similarities, in my opinion, this might not have been the best approach because there are some differences in each kitchen set-up which would call for different behaviours.
What stood out the most to us was the story of forgotten food products in the fridge that got mouldy over time. Therefore, our idea for our project was to put the participant in the place of the moulding product in the fridge.
For this goal we had to answer the question:
How do we put a person into the point of view of a forgotten food product in the fridge?
Based on the insights from our AEIOU exercise and our understanding of mould so far, we created a list of materials that we thought are easily accessible to us and can emulate or were close to the features of mould. Some of the materials we came up with were cotton and flour.
We took onboard the advice of Tonicha Child to try to overload the human senses. This made us think about all the senses and the conditions around our experience. We thought of moisturisers and hairdryers as tools that can create warm and moist conditions which we planned to combine with no light in the room.
One of the biggest challenges for our idea was that mould takes so much time to become visible. For that, we thought of shooting a video from inside a fridge. We planned it by storyboarding it and then Anushka shot the video from her fridge. We worked around the issue of time by making our video appear as a time-lapse by further emphasising the effect of the day counter on the top.
To try to make the people take the perspective of our products we gave them labels what their product is and also the physical real-world object to them which we planned with time passing to substitute with the mould version we had thanks to Anushka who was growing these spoiled products.
Where I think we could have done better is to spend a bit more time trying the fridge setup and testing it with at least one person who is not part of our group in order to see how better can we run the experience.
We should have provided a bit more safety measures such as goggles and an option to exit from the experience because at moments it was too much for the participants.