Object Animism

Phil Van Allen

Brooklyn Brown, Hye Mi Kim, Daniel Lara, Salvador Orara and Bora Shin

Nokia Research

Object Animism explores the design opportunities in objects that seem to have inner lives through their expressive behavior. As Piaget and others have noted, people tend to imagine that inanimate objects are alive – why not leverage this to create more interesting, playful, expressive, desirable, and useful systems? Creating apparent intentionality for objects offers the potential for fitting more easily into the narrative of daily life, as well as making it easier for people to understand the sometimes complex function and role of digital systems in our lives

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