How to make an Interactive Design Space for Vivid Sydney.

Designing interactive spaces involves a variety of skills from creative thinking, designing for user experience to knowledge technology and its applications. 

Before we start, I want to point out that this display isn’t at Vivid or associated with the Sydney Opera House, but the following is an example of how you would create an Interactive Design space for an event like Vivid Sydney. 

JMC Digital Design students S.Lindberg, N.Gray and R.Munoz developed a proposal to illustrate a feasible installation for Vivid Sydney. They took inspiration from one of Sydney’s most iconic landmarks the Sydney Opera House. The proposal turns this walk path into a magical journey leading out of Domain’s Queen Elizabeth II gate to the steps of the Opera House.

The installation piece is called ’Sensor’ although it is displayed as ’SNSR’ which is the main focus point for the project. SNSR is a playful, exciting and richly textured installation. The Designers explored the concept of HMI (Human-Machine Interaction) through one of Japans most famous dance craze called ‘Para-Para’ and to promote classical music from all around the world.

Participants of any age can interact with SNSR by any form of movement, waving, touching or running past. As the volume of movement increases, lights and music will be stimulated up and down the curved wall heading towards the Opera house.
The artists wish to use the latest in sound and light technologies enabling the lights to be animated with precision timing as people interact with it.

Here’s how they did it;


Through illustrations and images taken of the Sydney Opera House shapes were explored and integrated into the design language of the project. 


3D Form

A 3D form of the space was then created using the software FormZ which is taught in the Unit 3D Forms and Spaces at JMC. The 3D CAD Model was to demonstrate the design using a more realistic viewpoints. 


At this point, after the initial design has been established, the engineering and technology must be considered to bring the design to life. 


Final Visualisation 

Placing the final pieces together, students created hero imagery to show the complete look and feel of the SNSR project. The colours were best suited for the site, to ensure the participants were mesmerized by SNSR during its time on location.

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