Connectivity vs. Connection

Based on last week’s experiments, I tweaked the Constellation experience so that there’s a galaxical (very legitimate adjective) background to contextualize the experience and so it doesn’t “look like stick figures”.

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I showed Lee Cody the above prototype and some helpful feedback he gave me was:

  1. What do you want people to take away from this?

People will interact with it, because it’s out of their norm but they will appreciate knowing the why, so they know why they have participated. In other words, what’s the “reward” for commuters participating in this?

2. Can you point out poses for people to try?

This might encourage collaborative behaviors, and could also help people learn how to interact with this experience.

I think that might also be contributing reasons as to why people weren’t engaging with my prototype more last week. The instructions were too small, and people didn’t really understand what was going on—even though they interacted with it.

A next step for me is to: Figure out how this journey look like. How does someone discover it? How do they know what’s happening? Afterwards, how do they know play with it (and others)?


On top of that, I am also continuing my conversations with commuters. Two out of three of them I spoke to this week were very sociable people who have actually made friends on their commute. Some things they said that stood out:


“We have connectivity now but not connection.”

In response to a fight she witnessed, “I didn’t react, I didn’t play a part. Wasn’t too affected by it. It’s not my problem.”

“[on the bus] I think we’re intrinsically connected [with other commuters on the bus] but I wouldn’t ask them how they’re doing and so on.”


“I feel pretty connected to my community… I gesture, smile to people and even though I don’t physically talk to them, I feel like I’m part of a community that way.”

“I don’t put on headphones or only one side in because I want to be more present and more responsive to people around.”

I find this fascinating because as easy as it is for us to feel some sort of connection to our surrounding [sharing the same space feels like it’s enough to provide a sense of connection], it’s also easy for us to disconnect from it [with our devices—headphones and social media, etc].

After this, I feel rather reassured because it gives more ground for what these seemingly  random experiences I’m building. All people need is a common ground, and then a nudge of sorts to get to that foundational level of connection when they are in shared space.


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