SEPARATE TOGETHERNESS
Penny Webb

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it. Separate Togetherness is the result of my research into augmented digital environments and ubiquitous computing. Intentionally or not, advancements in digital technology have catered for a very natural, psychological human need: togetherness.

On its own, the Internet as a tool for information retrieval is a relatively lonely place void of human contact, thus the success of social media on the Internet is no coincidence, people need people, and providing a gateway into the lives of others means that the Internet can again fulfil this human need. In our digital environment, closeness can happen over huge distances, and others have the opportunity to shape and augment your environment within the premise of a digitally constructed space. From my research, I considered the extrusion of screen-based connectivity into the surrounding, architectural environment. As a result I concluded with a collection of products that connect distant environments by reacting and responding to the movements and interactions of distant users. The products each interact and aim to engage with your peripheral awareness as an alternative means of attaining distant closeness. Each product is made using a combination of smart materials that respond by slowly and subtly changing appearance to communicate remote presence.”

After her graduation, Penny Webb continued to work as an interaction designer, specialising in the integration of hardware and digital interfaces within product design. She currently works within the Innovation team at Philips, designing the future of health-tech. Previously she worked with the design and research studio, Midnight Commercial, to develop next generation interfaces for clients such as Samsung, Cartier and more. Alongside designing, Penny also writes for a number of online and offline journals.


Graduation project, 2014, and projects she created since her graduation.

www.pennywebb.co.uk

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