2015 Degree Projects – Umeå Institute of Design

July 2 2015


Discover all the projects and videos of the presentations at www.uid.umu.se/en/uid-15/projects/

MFA Interaction Design

Small Data on a Large Scale – Torn between Convenience and Surveillance
Henriette Stykow

Dongzhi Xia

Tangible toolkit for the process industry
Johan Grönskog

Yui Komatsu

nuSense – The Future is Wearable
Daniel Jansson

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Making of a desktop background image

July 2 2015

“Blasting lasers, pumping smoke machines, colored filters and falling crystal dust. Not all desktop images are created equal. Take a look behind the scenes at the making of the iconic Windows 10 image in our collaboration with world renowned, San Francisco-based design director Bradley G. Munkowitz aka GMUNK.

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Holograms you can touch

July 2 2015

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” (A.C.Clark)

Holograms generated by femto-second lasers, that when ‘touched’ feel like sandpaper or a static shock…

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What can the redesign of icons tell us?

July 2 2015

iTunes icons

Eli Schiff discusses recent redesigns of various apps, which provides insight in changing styles or paradigms in UI and IxD


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The Future of User Interface

June 15 2015

Right now we interact with our computers, phones, tablets and other devices in predictable ways. We click, we type, we touch, we drag — but as commonplace as these interfaces are, they’re all recent inventions, and they could very well be replaced before we know it.


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June 7 2015

CLOUDS is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms play an important role in shaping culture.


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June 6 2015

Yaskawa Electric Corporation will continue to transmitting “manufacturing spirit” inherited unbroken in this Corporation to the world at the juncture of its 100th anniversary. “YASKAWA BUSHIDO PROJECT” is the project representing Machii’s swordplay exactly the same by using “MOTOMAN-MH24″, he retains many world record like “Cutting BB Gun 6mm pellet” and his play is also said God’s miracle, while challenging to the performance limits of the industrial robot that integrate the “agility”, “accuracy”, “flexibility” to high-dimension.

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The Humane Representation of Thought

June 1 2015

Bret Victor’s closing keynote at the UIST and SPLASH conferences, October 2014.
Preface: worrydream.com/TheHumaneRepresentationOfThought/note.html

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City Pulse: human-computer storytelling hybrids

June 1 2015

“10 overlapping LCD screens that can respond to the gestures of an accompanying tour guide to offer real-time snapshots of city information.”

[via FastCompany]

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Your next sensor?

May 30 2015

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Beyond the buzz: why haptics matter

March 29 2015

Spark is a weekly radio show from CBC Radio (in Canada) about tech, trends and fresh ideas. The latest episode has a few pieces about haptics:


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Sensory substitution & extension

March 22 2015

A fascinating take on how our brain processes information and how this might allow us to create sensory relationships to abstract yet relevant information. A quick reflection is Davids less ‘on or off’ approach and tonality of our being as a machine and how he relates to emotion in his talk.

TED Excerpt.
“As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that. His research into our brain processes has led him to create new interfaces — such as a sensory vest — to take in previously unseen information about the world around us.”

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End of Attention Economy

March 15 2015

Nice thoughts around how “screens need to make room for our lives”

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March 7 2015

“In a collaboration with Volontaire, People People (a few UID alumni) has designed the first prototypes of Liberos Babybuzz. A pair of bracelets that help pregnant couples to better share the good experiences of carrying a child. The prototypes are huge and cumbersome since it is an early build, but they have served very well to show the fantastic first user reactions on the values that Babybuzz will give.”


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Futures of Text

March 2 2015

A quite comprehensive article on texting as an interface mixed with A.I.
If you have any experiences with the Lark App it is one example. They are not neccesarily new but are now re-visited tied into greater/physical services and perhaps there are moments where we need an artificial friend more than another app?

Complete article at


On that note. These two articles seem to relate to each other in some ways beyond what we presently see.
“Intelligentsia of AI will gather to come up with a battery of alternatives to the traditional Turing test”

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