I recently deleted my Facebook, the main reason being that I was getting distracted and felt like it was taking up a lot of my time. Since deleting it, I have realised that I don’t actually need it. Not knowing about what everyone is doing constantly puts my mind and my focus directly on my work and my own life. Deleting it has made me aware of what I need to do and what is and isn’t important in terms of doing well (at this point, my final year off study) and allowed me to do a substantial amount of work compared to before where I was constantly checking my notifications. Anyway this video I found shows us how obscure it would be to do the things we do constantly within our cyber-selves. Facebook has created a behaviour that doesn’t seem normal in real life: one that wouldn’t be socially accepted in the physical world.
I feel like I should give Mr Blog an update about what I have been getting up to.
Right now, I am sitting (21:48) with a very nice new Promarker, along with the others I just went into debt for, sketching up my concept plan. I have been concept sketching over the last few weeks mainly because my ideas come out best this way…I like to test and build when I have the product straight in my head. I think I’m on concept number 15 at the moment and hopefully my little spider map will take me a step further!
Apart from this, I have been watching a lot of documentaries recently and the ones I do watch I may hashtag (#)- people, lives, life, living, everyday, poverty, how other people live. Not only do I enjoy and have an interest in how other people live, I think it is important to know this. I know just from my upbringing that it is easy to get trapped and live carefree from the harsh lives of others until it pops up now and again on a t.v advert but now that I lead my own life I have a natural interest to learn about others. I could write for hours about it but we all have very different lives and everyone (the majority) will judge us on who/what/where we are. Working with Eastern Europen people in Britain in the summer, doing domestic work, waitressing etc always made me wonder why they didn’t want to buy new clothes or party after a pay check and I was ignorant to this thinking they were just working in Britain for money and nothing else. I think I am becoming relatively wise at the age of 23…or just more appreciative.
I will post some photos soon of the last few days and what’s been happening in sketchy book! Good night!
this is the conclusion to my dissertation part A, which will lead on to part B, development and the final outcome.
Whether in the context of the past, or in the modern world we live in today, design has had, and still has a profound influence on people’s perceptions, behaviours and, from this, their interaction with each other. It can be observed that since the Industrial Revolution, design has catered increasingly to and encouraged our sense of individuality, in relief and reprieve of the cramped and crowded conditions which came before; yet has gone to the extreme of making people so conscious of themselves that they feel uncomfortable sharing their space with others and has cut them off from the world around them. There is something which can be done to allow people to feel connected, and through design, we can enable people to feel at ease once more with the world around them and the people within it.
I actually wanted to say something about this video but I don’t even know what to say! From around 0:35 watch. The zebra crossing is bigger than any I have seen and lets 1000’s of people cross roads- that are all linked together- at once. I think it is really impressive that the crossing can control the way the majority of people cross, using the black and white lines painted on the road. I just think something so simple can control so many people. They choose to use it to get from A to B safely however they don’t have to use it but they do.
It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. On sunny afternoons or clear evenings, the surrounding area is packed with shoppers, students, young couples and commuters. When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box. You can observe this moment of organized chaos from the second-story window of the Starbucks in the Tsutaya building on the crossing’s north side.
A google map image of this area in Japan
where everyone thinks ”YEAH! New technology! I can Tweet, Facebook and find exactly what shop that dress is in in this supermarket! All on my smartphone!!” I like that technology is becoming so advanced to an extent. But not to the extent where the applications do not actually help us but waste out time or allow us to procrastinate continuously. In public transport having a game to keep us amused if we are on our own or music to set us up for the day ahead is fine. And I think there is a sudden expectation for designers to take new technology with two hands and make it better again. It shouldn’t be this way because all the ‘little’ things like the people, the place where we live, and the environments we are in are not used to their potential but instead ignored most of the time because that little screen that is your mobile phone is constantly flashing and guiding you and stealing you away from the environment that you are actually in physically.
The train station.
Step 1: Look at this figure preferably on your smart phone as you would at the train station, or on your way there. And put yourself in the situation below:
Step 2: Basically, from what I have written above about smart phones…apply this sort of behaviour to:
yourself in the busiest train station on a Saturday. Your train is soon. You are on the bus on your way to the train station. You still have to go to the self-service ticket machine to collect your tickets. You still need to find out your platform. You wont find out until you enter the station. After collecting your ticket and finding out your platform you have 10 minutes to get to your platform. The station is too busy and people are everywhere. So you start heading to platform. You have a few minutes and people are boarding the train already! There are still people who are running across, diagonally and out of control because they are also in your situation. They have somewhere to be too. After squeezing through and avoiding as many people as you can you have reached your platform just in time. How many times did you look at your phone throughout this adventure? A train station isn’t always the best place for a mobile phone. The best use for your phone really, in this situation is ‘time’. Not too much else.
Wouldn’t this journey be easier if:
You collected your ticket. And the rest was handed over to the responsibility of the train station? By this, why should you be forced a stressful start to your journey when a change can be made so you can get around the station and to your platform in a smoother way. A less forceful way. How can the train station change to allow this ‘good journey’ that we really expect.
…so how can design make people share their personal space with others? The area I am looking at is the busiest area, the area where our sense of personal space is lost. We are suffocated in a mass number of people however we will not talk to a stranger and we feel more comfortable to stay inside our bubble. But if something could change this, people would have a sense of belonging to the place that they are in.
I read this article to remind myself how people actually behave and how barriers are constantly being put up. I know that people like their own space and like to be in their little bubbles however I also know that design hasn’t allowed this to be easy for us. I discussed this morning the arm rest of an aeroplane chair as an example. So you go into an aeroplane whether you are on your own or not. And find a seat. Two or three seats are normally joined together A,B,C or D,E,F and they all have armrests. However if you don’t get there first how can you be sure to have an arm rest? The arm rests are not designed for 2 arms so this could immediately make you realise that the journey isn’t going to be as luxurious or as comfortable as you’d expected. So firstly the design that has been put there (the arm rest) is not valued by you when you cannot have it. And, the person who got the arm rest has just invaded your space even though youare entitled to that arm rest just as much as they are. But people don’t think enough on a huge scale, why should they give up the arm rest? That thought most likely doesn’t go through their head whilst they are actually invading your space with their chunky arm resting at your side.
So I wonder why this was designed this way…I also wonder why the two people can’t share that arm rest and both have an equally good/better journey.
Going to Your Happy Place
Whether people are confronted with a close talker or a bus-seat buddy, experts have identified that most people react with a similar set of evasive behaviors. In public spaces, people reliably try to keep as much distance between each other as possible, and most instinctively try to keep equidistant, like birds on a telephone wire, to permit each person the maximum amount of space. Two people in an elevator will stand in opposite corners; three people in public restrooms will insist on at least a one-stall buffer between each of them. People tend to avoid eye contact in crowded public situations; this helps to avoid intimacy and results in people’s thinking of each other not as human beings, but as inanimate features of the environment—much easier to ignore. Some try to create at least an approximation of physical boundaries by opening up a newspaper or book, which creates a separation between the reader and the rest of the crowd. On a crowded subway car, this gesture is like putting up a miniature wall. It’s even common for people to put bags or purses on their lap in an unconscious move to protect themselves and their space, or to close their eyes completely to create the illusion of psychological space. Some psychologists have even theorized that the popularity of iPods is due at least in part to people’s intense and innate desire to carve out a private zone for themselves.
How does the invasion of ‘personal space’ affect us as a society?
The personal bubble we create around ourselves as humans.
The senses of the human body..hear, see, smell, taste, touch. How all these senses are used and invaded.
Peoples actual awareness of their ‘personal space’. How people are unaware or subconsciously live life not acknowledging what they are doing…
Human and social behavior. Why do people act as they do around each other? And in situations?
How has design contributed to the distance we face from human to human…human contact, distance, cyber-self…
Public space is not used how it should be used.
I like these issues, I just to put them all together now. Clare.
I found this talk interesting. It is encouraging that other designers believe that they can change the attitudes of people. The screen showing the emotional change between the elder man and the middle age/young man would surely affect people over time. Designing to create an emotional change seems like a good thing to do as this emotional change/ attitude can improve how we live or engage with each other as humans. It has to be something interactive or just clever because people now are less willing to change unless there’s something in it for them.
This is the first video I have made this semester. They should only get better from this one. Watch and see! Clare.