Morphino: A Nature-Inspired Tool for the Design of Shape-Changing Interfaces

Isabel P S Qamar, Alix Goguey, Katarzyna Stawarz, Céline Coutrix, Simon Robinson, Anne Roudaut

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The HCI community has a strong and growing interest in shape-changing interfaces (SCIs) that can offer dynamic affordance. In this context, there is an increasing need for HCI researchers and designers to form close relationships with disciplines such as robotics and material science in order to be able to truly harness the state-of-the-art in morphing technologies. To help these synergies arise, we present Morphino: a card-based toolkit to inspire shape-changing interface designs. Ourcardsbringtogetheracollectionofmorphingmechanisms already established in the multidisciplinary literature and illustratethemthroughfamiliarexamplesfromnature.Webeginby detailing the design of the cards, based on a review of shapechange in nature; then, report on a series of design sessions conducted to demonstrate their usefulness in generating new ideas and in helping end-users gain a better understanding of the possibilities for shape-changing materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-6974-9/20/0
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2020


  • Human-centered computing
  • Human computer interaction (HCI)
  • Interactive systems and tools
  • User interface toolkits
  • Interaction design
  • Interaction design process and methods
  • Activity centered design


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