10 weeks, 2020
UX Researcher & Designer
Joyce Lin, Dustin Mara, and Ashley Wang
Sitting With Art
An interactive outdoor bench that displays prompts on public art in Seattle. It archives responses to document diverse voices that make up the city and spark conversation around the past and future histories of Seattle,
By taking the experience of viewing art to Seattle outdoors, "Sitting with Art" not only reveals the hidden histories of art pieces but invites the public to share their thoughts. Overtime the centralized website with archived responses documents the diverse voices of the people who make up the city.
Curved bench encourages users to focus on the art in front of them by angling line of sight and supports conversation.
In our co-design session, we learned how participants' moods were affected by the shape of the bench. The structure of the bench itself can signify to those walking by that there's something to be discussed about the artwork its curved toward.
Flashing lights from the buttons signal users to choose either a surprise, prompt, or fact to respond to.
We found in our surveys how Seattle locals connected their knowledge of the city's history with tourism. The idea behind three choices is letting the user pick which one sparks interest most to them since a research insight is how engagement is built on interest.
Corresponding blurb about the art piece appears on display along with space for user's response.
Online database centralizes information on public art to educate users about Seattle's (art) history and archives responses from the community to increase curiosity and engagement.
A paper souvenir is printed with a copy of their response and more information about Seattle art.
By bringing the interactive bench to public art, the limitations and exclusivity of museums are minimized. The website serves to document the more diverse cross-section of Seattle in relation to these art pieces. The tangible printout serves as a reminder of this interaction as the user leaves the bench. Further promoting self-reflection.