Max Walter



Chinese Architecture

Interactive Communication Systems I

…In a Nutshell.

The exhibit deals with the monuments of the Chinese architecture and its history. The buildings appear according to their year of construction at the map while scrolling through the timeline.
On the corresponding subpages you can find more detailed information about the individual  to find. The exhibit is controlled by a single knob.

First Idea

The basic idea of the project was to convey a complex topic in a simple and understandable way. Therefore it was clear to us at the beginning of the project that we wanted to realize the interaction with the exhibit just as simple as possible.

The Griffin

Since we wanted to keep the interaction concept on a simple level, the question arose as to which tool we could use to meet these requirements best. After researching and evaluating the options,
we decided on the Griffin Power-Mate.

The Power-Mate is a rotary control device where each press and each rotation can be freely assigned completely free. This allowed us to design the controls simple enough to promote a quick understanding
of the user, but also complex enough to allow him to navigate
precisely through the displays.

Final Prototype

Interaction Concept

After the framework for interaction and the right tool had been chosen. The next task was to work out a detailed interaction concept. Any command of input from the user had to be translated into a turn or press. With a first press we start the application and arrive at the main menu. Here the user has three options from which he can choose by turning the knob. The map view, the building view and the info view.

Turning it enables you to navigate through the timeline. The buildings appear on the map depending on their year of construction and location. To select a building, press the rotary control to open the building view.

The building view provides detailed information about the location, architecture and social context. The buildings are always displayed individually. By turning the knob, you can "scroll" through the buildings.

The Info View allows the user to get basic information about Chinese architecture, e.g. the plug-in construction method. Here, too, the user can navigate through the individual pages by turning the knob.