Slow LetterInterface Design

 

The design of Slow Letter is based on the concept of Process-based Interaction which focuses on the process instead of the task itself. It is my  challenge to the instantaneous interaction of user-centered design. It questions the essentiality of instantaneity and convenience in current digital service. What would the interaction be like when time and space are being elongated? We all have experienced the satisfaction of these digital devices around us, it can take us from point A to point B within no time. However, Slow Letter tends to discover alternative values outside of task-orientated interactions. The project reevaluates the weight of our words in the digital communication by elongates the process between point A to point B. It transforms instantaneity into emotional values and inject unconventional perspectives into the numbed daily routine.

Slow Letter is an application that requires the email to travel through routes on Google Maps between the sender and recipient in order to deliver the message. It includes an inbox view and a map view which provides a standard email template and a navigation map. Unlike traditional email, the application requires the user entering both recipient's email address and a physical address begin to delivery process. For example, if a sender is at Tokyo and his recipient is at Kyoto, it will take up to 5 hours for this email to across the virtual space on Google Maps to deliver the mail. Once the mail is send, the recipient will get a notice from the application, and he will be able to see the deliver process on the same map but he won't be able to read the content until the email is arrived at their physical address.After entering require information, the application will, according to Google Maps API, returns information with route, distance and time to deliver this letter.

THOUGHTS

 

Slow Letter reevaluates the invisible weight of our words in the digital space by elongates the process between point A to point B. This Email service transforms speed into emotional values and inject unconventional perspectives into the numbed daily routine. Imagine sending out a mail a month before your friend's birthday or your parent's anniversary, the weight of the mail will be so different than the current email services we have.

 

Slow Letter, by Chiao Wei Ho, was designed and developed at Art Center College of Design Graduate Media Design Program as part of his thesis project I.N.T.E.R.V.A.L.S.

DesignChiao Wei Ho

AdvisorsPhil van Allen, Molly Wright Steenson, Garnet Hertz, Mike Milley

ProgrammingChiao Wei Ho, AtMorning Design, Calvin Jung

Photo CourtesyChiao Wei Ho

 

Project Site

www.projectintervals.com

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