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Kwon, H., Briggs, J., Freeth, B., Ladha, K., Thomas, J., Blythe, M., Olivier, P., 2013.

Wet Pixels: from digital to analogue originals

Output Type:Conference paper
Presented at:CHI '13: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Publication:CHI EA '13: CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Venue:Paris, France
Publisher:Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), New York
Dates:27/4/2013 - 2/5/2013
Pagination:pp. 583-588

This paper reports on experience design work currently in progress. "Wet Pixels" is intended to stimulate discussion around the notion of reproducing original digital images in a physical medium. The prototype's design is informed by mechanical reproduction devices (e.g. relief press, large format camera) and retrospective print processes (halftone, dot matrix). The original conceptual design (Figure 1) constitutes a miniature camera encased in a wooden viewing frame that would enable viewers to select and capture photographs. This image could subsequently be printed onto Japanese paper using an Arduino-controlled matrix of stepper motors topped with paint-tipped sponges. When presented in a gallery, Wet Pixels provides users with greater sensory feedback (physical, visual, auditory) than entirely digital processes through tangible creative mark-making on to paper.