Wet Pixels: From digital to analogue originals

Hyosun Kwon, Jo Briggs, Ben Freeth, Karim Ladha, James Thomas, Mark Blythe, Patrick Olivier

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This paper reports on experience design work in progress. “Wet Pixels” is intended to stimulate discussion on the notion of a digital original reproduction. The prototype's physical design is informed by mechanical reproduction devices (e.g. relief press, large format camera) and retrospective print processes (halftone, dot matrix). The concept is outlined for a wooden viewing frame with a miniature camera that enables viewers' selection and capture of a photograph. The subsequent print process onto Japanese paper using the Arduino-controlled matrix of stepper motors with paint-tipped sponges is then detailed. When presented in a gallery, Wet Pixels provides users with more sensory feedback (physical, visual, auditory), through tangible creative mark making on paper, than entirely digital processes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1952-2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
EventCHI 2013 (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems) - Paris
Duration: 28 Apr 2013 → …


ConferenceCHI 2013 (ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems)
Period28/04/13 → …
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