Form-giving: expressing the nonobvious

  title={Form-giving: expressing the nonobvious},
  author={Gerda Smets and Kees C. J. Overbeeke and William W. Gaver},
  booktitle={CHI Conference Companion},
The design of richly informative interfaces would benefit from an account of how visual forms convey information. In this paper we suggest that the study of form-giving in Industrial Engineering might provide a foundation for such an account. We present three studies of designed synesthesia, in which objects' forms indicate non-visible attributes such as taste or smell. These studies illustrate the rich possibilities for conveying information with form, possibilities which are routinely… CONTINUE READING

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