Shaping Feedback: Design by Exchange
The feedback loop began by offering three individuals the same glass vessel, a 3-dimensional open half-ellipse. I requested that each user independently test the functionality of the form as a drinking glass. Each user was instructed to return the glass marked with their instructions for me to make one adjustment to improve the design and function of the form. We repeated the cycle five times, each time changing only one element of the form.
Results became dependent on clarity of communication, situations of circumstance, and the accumulated generations of alterations.
The exchange process was created as a metaphor to explore relationships between function and form; consumer and producer; and the ability to embed information within a material.