Wet Pixels: From Digital to Analogue Originals

Hyosun Kwon, Jo Briggs, Ben Freeth, Karim Ladha, James Thomas, Mark Blythe, Patrick Olivier

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2013 - Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationChanging Perspectives
EditorsMichel Beaudouin-Lafon, Patrick Baudisch, Wendy E. Mackay
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450318990
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2013
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013 - Paris, France
Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013
Conference number: 31st


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
Abbreviated titleCHI 2013
OtherTheme: Changing Perspectives
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  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Economy
  • Experience Design
  • HCI
  • Printmaking

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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. In M. Beaudouin-Lafon, P. Baudisch, & W. E. Mackay (Eds.), CHI EA 2013 - Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Changing Perspectives (Vol. 2013-April, pp. 583-588). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2468356.2468459