When a group of people are engaged in an experience, a powerful feeling that “this is happening to all of us together” can arise. Much like an individual can enter a state of ‘flow’ when they are fully immersed in an activity, a group can have ‘swing’ when participants connect through a shared experience.
Using my background in UX, I design and build installations that multiple people can interact with at the same time, with the goal of facilitating group experience.
While there is a whole industry designing user interfaces for computers and mobile devices, designing effective multi-user interfaces presents a new challenge and I have been exploring this within my work.
Sharing interaction with an installation provides a platform for people to interact with one another. I have found that offering a shared interface can foster human connection, even between strangers.