An interactive tile panel

Artcodes have been working with Johnson’s Tiles design team to design an interactive tile panel that explores the domestic implementation of the Artcode technology. A series of design iterations explore the repetition of modern domestic patterns that are both interactive through scanning the artcode designs or purely decorative through use of aesthetically pleasing contemporary designs.

The Artcodes design team followed trend predictions by Johnson’s design teams, relating to colour, pattern and motif to design interior tiles that have a contemporary resonance. User groups explored the possible scenarios and interactions we can build into such an object.

The final collection of tiles describe a future where our domestic interiors enable any number of personal and beautiful interactions. Our prototype tile panel was displayed at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent in 2015.

BCB tile panel

Image courtesy Clive Martin.

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An interactive coaster for Busaba Eathai

The Artcodes project has been working with the Busaba Eathai chain of restaurants to explore the implementation of Artcodes as a service level interactive device in the dining context. The challenge was to develop a series of decorated objects such as tableware, menus, placemats and coasters to enable the implementation of an interactive service in a sympathetic manner to the primary purpose of the restaurant; to serve food!

Through a series of scenario building workshops with diverse focus groups from designers and marketeers through to managers, waiters and chefs, we explored resonant implementation possibilities inline with Busaba’s 10 stages of service.

The fours coaster presented below are the entry level interactive device, aimed at incentivizing the loyalty element of their existing app. Users will be offered a range of free offers through scanning the coaster.

Busaba Coaster Designs

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Carolan Guitar

Every guitar tells a story, from the tonewoods that form it, to the craft of its making, to the players that own it, to the places it visits, and to the many songs that it sings.

This is the story of a unique guitar; one that has been created with the express purpose of capturing and telling its own life history.

Our guitar is called Carolan in honour of the legendary composer Turlough O’Carolan, the last of the great blind Irish harpers, and an itinerant musician who roamed Ireland at the turn of the 18thcentury, composing and playing beautiful celtic tunes. Like it’s namesake, Carolan is a roving bard; a performer that passes from place to place, learning tunes, songs and stories as it goes and sharing them with the people it encounters along the way. Continue reading