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Cloud of Practices By Nicolas Nova
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Cloud of Practices is the preliminary outcome of a joint design and ethnographic research entitled Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s), which is documented and accompanied by two print-on-demand... More > books. The main purpose of the field research presented in this first volume, Cloud of Practices, is to document the practices around cloud computing, as well as the user experience of cloud platforms. A combination of online research and interviews and observations with users has provided the insights for the Cloud of Cards design project which is the subject of the second eponymous book. The project is a set of digital and physical tools (‘cards’) that aims to give the designer, and particularly the maker community, the possibility to set up their own cloud infrastructure.< Less
Mobile Ordinary Gestures By nicolas nova
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Mobile Ordinary Gestures is a collection of small samples and patterns that reveal the body language of mobile phone and smart phone usage. This selection of everyday gestures reflects how a... More > particular object actually results in intriguing physical interactions.< Less
Curious Rituals: Gestural Interaction in the Digital Everyday By Nicolas Nova et al.
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The curious habits described in this book can be seen as ingredients with which technological objects are domesticated by people, integrated into their own daily routines. Fixing strategies, nervous... More > tics, device juggling or courtesy postures, to name just a few, are not only peculiar interaction habits, they reveal how people normalize so-called “futuristic technologies” or what seemed magical and complex at first. They highlight the ingenuity users employ to repurpose and adapt digital technologies to their own context. One should see these insights as constant design patterns in the evolution of technological products and services. This book was produced as part of a research residency in the Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.< Less