WordNet is a large database of words grouped into sets of cognitive synonyms, and maps of conceptual relations between words, similar to the way they are reticulated in our mind. The suggested interface involves a set of physical interactive widgets and a GUI. It allows the user to search for a specific word and browse through its semantic field, synthesizing the user's verbal cognition and spatial orientation.
LangWidgets’ first prototype was developed at the Interaction Lab at HIT Holon.
For this project I received the Sandberg Research Grant Award, by The Israel Museum Jerusalem.
From a designers point of view, the fact that interfaces and language are metaphorical by nature and both reflect the structure of our cognition makes IxD the perfect medium for bringing cognitive research into lexicography. In this project I examine the way we think about language so as to deduce how we should interact with it. I base my work on the Conceptual Metaphor Theory which claims that the words we use on a specific topic reflect our understanding of it, namely that abstract ideas are always spoken about in terms of concrete entities from our physical surroundings.
For this work I chose four metaphors corresponding to four abstract concepts:
Each metaphor is given a physical interpretation; in form, behavior or interaction. The resulting artifacts exploit knowledge that the user already has of the real world to provide insight into characteristics of the concepts mentioned above. This project is the outset of a larger research. The final goal of this research is to develop an intuitive interface for lexicons based on the Conceptual Metaphor Theory.
A short PDF for additional Info about the objects
TCIM was developed during my master studuies at new-media class at UdK
- Bachelor thesis project at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem (2009).
- Featured at the 10*10 event (2009).
- Polonsky Prize for outstanding achievement in design (2009).
- Exhibited in “100 Jahre Jung” group exhibition of Bezalel Academy’s honorary graduates, at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2010).
- Exhibited in “Bezalel On Tour” traveling exhibition, in Germany, France, USA and UK (2010-13).