Category Archives: Interactive

Interactive inspiration: Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris is an artist and computer scientist from Vermont.

I find his work very interesting but he regularly falls into the trap of the interface overpowering the content – something I specifically want to avoid. An example is the whale hunt interactive which is extremely clever but I prefer the highlights page from the same interactive

His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art, and has been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), the CAFA Art Museum (Beijing), the Barbican Center (London), the Victora and Albert Museum (London), and The Pace Gallery (New York). He studied computer science at Princeton University and spent a year in Italy at Fabrica. The winner of three Webby Awards, Print Magazine named him a “New Visual Artist,” and the World Economic Forum named him a “Young Global Leader.” His TED talks have been viewed millions of times.

His website:

I quite like this one:

And the whale hunt

I created a time machine

As part of the Taranaki Wars exhibition at Puke Ariki in New Plymouth Insight Creative (where I was Design Director) were contracted to produce an interactive to document a recent archeological dig in the Taranaki district. It used computer generated models to show what structures were in place at the site. I designed a revolving touchscreen interactive kiosk which faced a large scale photograph of the location as it appears today. As it turns, the screen displays an ‘augmented view’ of the location showing what the hill looked like in the 1840s. The concept was expressed as a ‘window to the past.’

The screen constantly knows where it is facing. Users can also touch the screen to get more detailed information and once again turn the screen to spin the view around the sites. Through on-screen instructions, users could get more detailed information on different locations.

CGI by Raysan Kubaisi, programming by Insight Creative, kiosk construction by Cannibal.

It won a Bronze at the 2010 Best Awards.

Puke Ariki Waireka