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    Captivate, Engage and Inspire. Reactable Systems hired me to re-imagine the look of their Experience, an innovative electronic musical instrument… Read More
    Captivate, Engage and Inspire. Reactable Systems hired me to re-imagine the look of their Experience, an innovative electronic musical instrument used all over the world, by adults and children alike. As one of the company's staple products, the design needed to indicate the product's innovative nature and draw users into the experience. From Form to Function. I experimented with contrasting elements that come together to create a product that can stand out, yet work well with its environment and diverse users. The shift between the circular top and undulating bottom base shapes creates natural recessed areas, which in turn form a protected space for headphone jacks, where the user is less likely to brush up against them. Less is more. The steel structure and fiberglass facade are joined in the manufacturing process to create four identical parts, which slide into a bottom steel base and are secured with a minimum amount of mechanical fasteners. Reducing the design to its essential elements maximizes assembly time and facilitates ease of transport. How does it work? "The instrument uses a tangible interface where the player controls the system by manipulating real objects. By putting these objects on the Reactable surface, turning them or connecting them to each other, players can combine different elements like synthesisers, effects, samples and control elements in order to create a unique composition. The resulting sonic flows are represented graphically on the table surface, always showing the real waveforms that travel from one object to the other, turning music into something visible and tangible." - Reactable Systems Read Less
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Reactable Experience
Year / 2013

Reactable is a unique musical instrument that bridges the gap between the digital and tangible experience of music creation, using cubes with pre-assigned functions to manipulate sound and create music. I was commissioned to redesign the housing for the instrument which can be found everywhere from children’s museums & hotel lobbies to the live concerts of Björk and Coldplay.

Inspired by iconic and intuitive products that bridge the gap between users of all ages, I worked on developing inviting shapes that were simple enough to be easily manufactured, but compelling enough to stand alone. The final design is derived from the transition between the circular top and undulating bottom. The shape creates natural recessed areas, which in turn form a protected space for headphone jacks, where the user is less likely to brush up against them.