Device Shifting – shift the behaviour of how a human relates to a device by either occupying it, lowering its level of possible engagement or transforming its input or output with a mass produceable accessory.
Device Shifting is applied critical design. By designing accessories it is possible to affect and engage with established interrelationships, interdependencies and behaviours with the devices. The four accessories documented in this thesis are as close as I could come to creating the appearance of mass produced accessories for mass produced products. Being not designed for a gallery, they are designed to be consumed in the same environments we purchase our devices. By achieving a high standard of production they engage with the rhetoric of consumption and can be effectively critical. The more believable they are as ‘real’ products the more functional they are as applied critical design.
Adhesive paper for the top of laptops. Paper Application explores our relationships with computers and distractions. It can only be used when your computer is switched off or sleeping. Paper is still an integral part of our everyday and the computer is as yet incapable of replicating it. Paper Application could be seen as an enhancement for a computer. Although simple, it an accessory that in a consumer context functions as applied critical design. It is satirical with plausible rhetoric.