Designing interactive objects through cinematic prototyping

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This paper introduces Cinematic Prototyping as a new method for designing the precise sensuous and aesthetic flow of product interactions. Having cinematic codes and techniques such as enactment, puppeteering, shot composition and storytelling at its core, Cinematic Prototyping enables the exploration and development of future interactions early in a design process without being restricted
by the limitations of any prototyping technology. As such, it provides designers with ways to fully concentrate on the exact interplay between product and user within a specific context, resulting in believable and engaging scenarios that are rich of expressions and meanings. The main principles of Cinematic Prototyping are presented, followed by a description of its application in a design course.
An example case is used to illustrate its results. The paper concludes with a discussion of its strengths and weaknesses and its potential for improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering and Production Design Education (E&PDE17)
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future
EditorsA. Berg, E. Bohemia, L. Buck, T. Gulden, A. Kovacevic, N. Pavel
Place of PublicationGlasgow, United Kingdom
PublisherThe Design Society, IED
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-84-1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventE&PDE 2017 The 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education: Building Community: Design Education for a Sustainable Future - Oslo and Akershus University College, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 7 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

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PublisherThe Design Society
NumberDS 88


ConferenceE&PDE 2017 The 19th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
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  • Interaction Design
  • Design Aesthetics
  • interactive prototyping
  • video prototyping


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