Object Mediated Interactions (OMI) investigates the design and communication of hidden systems within the contemporary landscape of product design. One can no longer see what a digital object does, the digital world is neither described by the mechanical world of things nor by the methods with which design has traditionally approached language and desire in electronic products.
A profound revolution has occurred in product design in the past 50 years. The boundaries of products have changed. In OMI, designers learn a new approach that gives flexibility, an understanding of a broader context in which products operate, and the shifting, unseen boundaries of objects that the digital world has revealed to us.
The method of OMI is to break down the current conception of a product, not simply the iconography of the product, but how it exists as a visualised system. This entails discovering and determining the invisible layers of objects, their contexts, and their networks.
The enterprise of Object Mediated Interactions is to envision and design products in harmony with their systems. Students in OMI learn to see through objects and communicate via a wide variety of media.
The platform is led by Durrell Bishop and Oscar Lhermitte
Platform 24 press release can be downloaded here: P24 – OMI – PRESS