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Friday, May 10 • 2:10pm - 2:20pm
Designing with the Fly in Mind: Examining an Antique Mechanical Fly Catcher

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Understanding users’ needs is critical for creating effective products. But, what if the user isn’t human? Can we empathize with an insect? The ingenious design of an antique Japanese fly catcher suggests that the answer to this question may be “yes”. We will see how the device hacks aspects of the fly’s physiology, needs, and responses to stressors in order to prompt semi-predictable reactions that nudge the insect through the various stages of the device until it is trapped, unharmed, within a screened box. Careful observations and empathy -- the same tools at our disposal as UX practitioners -- allowed someone to create a machine that achieved the desired objectives in an elegant fashion.

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Dug North

UX Designer, InterSystems
Dug North has worked as a UX Developer, Visual Designer, and UX Designer. Dug has a passion for antique mechanical devices such as automata and clocks. In his spare time, he creates animated mechanical sculptures.

Friday May 10, 2019 2:10pm - 2:20pm
6 - Commonwealth (upstairs)

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