9. Mapping

Carolan guitar latest: it turns out to be a complex challenge to map between the physical form of our guitar, its interactive patterns and various digital services. I suspect that there are wider lessons here for the Internet of Things.

Carolan Guitar

Our next challenge is to explore how we might decorate the Carolan guitar with interactive patterns. Where should we place them and how should we best map them to various ways of accessing its digital footprint? After some to-ing and fro-ing, we home in on a design that attempts to balance an appreciation of the form and structure of the instrument with an anticipation of the kinds of people that will encounter it, where such encounters might take place, and what they might subsequently do with it.

Design sketch of how we plan to map decorative patterns on various parts of our guitar to interactions with its digital footprint Design sketch of how we plan to map decorative patterns on various parts of our guitar to interactions with its digital footprint

The headstock of a guitar traditionally features a maker’s logo, and so we chose to place a discrete aestheticode at this location that will link to a digital version of our maker’s label, giving its name,  presenting the concept and acknowledging the team.

We decide that the front soundboard of the guitar will tell its…

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