How Simple Interfaces Can Inspire Creativity
Simple, intuitive and playful interface provides a wellspring of user generated experimentation.
Forming part of the Museum of Modern Art’s forthcoming ‘Talk to Me’ exhibition Crispin Jones’ Tengu is a great example of how a streamlined intuitive interface can spark creative interaction possibilities among it’s user base.
The Tengu features a streamlined, LED driven ‘face’, which reacts to sound in a number of different ways. The Tengu is notable for the community of fan driven videos of the device: each one illustrating the different creative possibilities that result from a simple set of possible interactions. As MoMa notes
The object launched a series of animations ranging from stylized, experimental to the absurd, where users have envisioned their own Tengu worlds with the simplest of movie-making techniques
Most striking was the use of 89 Tengus in a Choral Performance(pictured above). Check out the video below to see how the Tengu operates, and the Cripin Jones website for a selection of fan created videos.