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99% Invisible #41- The Human-Human Interface (Standard 4:30 Version Only)

From: Roman Mars
Series: 99% Invisible (Standard Length)
Length: 04:30

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We're used to interacting with objects. But we're not used to objects that teach us how to interact with each other.

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“There’s a whole universe in every single object that becomes even bigger when put in relationship with a person.” – Paolo Antonelli

Paola Antonelli is the Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. Her most recent blockbuster show, Talk to Me, explored the communication between people and objects: from chairs that talk to subway kiosks.

It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated by all the human-object interactions in the modern world. I’ve never used a “coin return” button on a vending machine that worked and there is interesting criticism of the increasingly common “pictures under glass” type of interface on the iPhone and iPad.

But as Paola Antonelli explains to producer Benjamen Walker (from Too Much Information), the evolution of communication design is pointing to a world that minimizes human-object interfaces and leaves us to free to focus on real human habits and needs.

 

Above: Paola Antonelli’s favorite piece from Talk to Me: Sputniko!’s “Menstruation Machine” that communicates the feelings and discomfort of menstruation to a non-menstruating person (e.g. a man).

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“There’s a whole universe in every single object that becomes even bigger when put in relationship with a person.” – Paolo Antonelli

Paola Antonelli is the Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. Her most recent blockbuster show, Talk to Me, explored the communication between people and objects: from chairs that talk to subway kiosks.

It’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed and frustrated by all the human-object interactions in the modern world. I’ve never used a “coin return” button on a vending machine that worked and there is interesting criticism of the increasingly common “pictures under glass” type of interface on the iPhone and iPad.

But as Paola Antonelli explains to producer Benjamen Walker (from Too Much Information), the evolution of communication design is pointing to a world that minimizes human-object interfaces and leaves us to free to focus on real human habits and needs.

 

Above: Paola Antonelli’s favorite piece from Talk to Me: Sputniko!’s “Menstruation Machine” that communicates the feelings and discomfort of menstruation to a non-menstruating person (e.g. a man).