Desktop Interfacet - Fra Reifikation til Modificerbarhed via Æstetisering

Sebastian Alfred Valentin Jakobsen, Jakob Thormod, Tue Brisson Mosich & Nikolai Peter Hjorth

Studenteropgave: Kandidatprojekt


In this project we aim to explore the reification of the personal computer through
its historical advancements. With the introduction of the modernistic desktop interface developed in the late 1970’s this project initially concludes that historical
trends has prompted interface design to accumulate upon this reified desktopenvironment. Although the historical progress of the personal computer has entailed multiple technological advancements, the analogy on which the desktop
interface is structured remains unvaried and reified. Additionally an inquest into
aesthetizication and customization perspectives unraveled a dissonance between
prevalent communities and brands devoted to customization and the lack of customizable features in the modern desktop interface. Based on these inquiries we
exerted the reflections and methods of speculative design and thus conceived seven conceptual modular functionality designs. These conceptual designs enable a
venture into the aesthetic considerations of unrestricted customization for potential users.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2019
VejledereUlrik Schmidt


  • Desktop Interface, Customization, Speculative Design, Conceptual Design, Aesthetics, Aesthetizication, Computer History, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Adaptable, Adaptive, Deep-seated, Surface, WIMP