Interaction - Bachelors
‘The Tipping Point’ is an interactive textile, that aims to draw attention to the fact that we are at a tipping point in history, that will determine the fate of our Great Barrier Reef. This textile piece detects the users proximity and changes from coloured to colourless when approached, visually representing both climate data, and the physical process of coral bleaching. The intention of this Design is to create a conversation and call to action, to reverse the ‘tipping point’ and save our precious reef.
Climate data tells us that as of 2023, 50% of the great barrier reef is bleached as a consequence of climate change. If we continue on the same path we are on now, we will be past the ‘tipping point’ and unable to repair the damage we have inflicted upon the reef. The research predicts that we risk losing the Great Barrier reef completely before the end of the century, which is an extremely harrowing and devastating thought – one that I aim to draw attention to through my design.
This Interaction Design Project, falls under the relatively new niche of ‘Smart Textiles’. This field is somewhat unchartered, as it requires passion, interest and expertise in both the field of artistic design, and computer science/engineering. As I will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interaction Design, with a minor and all elective subjects within the faculty of computer science, I believe I have the rare opportunity contribute to the research, exploration and development of a new industry as a woman in both STEM and Design.
I believe this project can be explored and developed further in many different ways. My ultimate goal would be to create a complete exhibition collection, exploring alternate elements of colour changing pigments, such as multi-colour thermochromism, photochromism and richer thermochromic pigments. Additionally, I would like to explore alternate technical interaction elements, such as tactile and conductive sensors, and how the use of these could potentially create more engaging and accessible interactions for a wider range of users, such as those with neurodiversity.
“We can now destroy or we can cherish, the choice is ours.”David Attenborough
Alanah Farr is a graduating Interaction Design student who is passionate about sustainability, particularly in drawing attention to climate change. She has particular interest in the intersection between art and science, and how interaction design is able to bridge the two worlds together, in new and exciting ways. Alanah hopes to develop this project further and intends to pursue the the field of interactive art and smart-textiles in future.