“Cultural probes (or design probes) is a technique used to inspire ideas in a design process. It serves as a means of gathering inspirational data about people’s lives, values and thoughts. The probes are small packages that can include any sort of artifact (like a map, postcard, camera or diary) along with evocative tasks, which are given to participants to allow them to record specific events, feelings or interactions. The aim is to elicit inspirational responses from people, in order to understand their culture, thoughts and values better, and thus stimulate designer’s imaginations.“
CULTURAL PROBE 1:
ASP|3PA DOCE UVAS TRAY
The Twelve Grapes ( “The twelve grapes of luck”) is a Spanish tradition that dates back from at least 1895. The tradition consists of eating a grape with each bell strike at midnight of December 31. According to the tradition, that leads to a year of prosperity.In some areas, it is believed that the tradition wards away witches and general evil, although this “magic” is treated like an old heritage, and in modern days it’s viewed as a cultural tradition to welcome the new year.
CULTURAL PROBE 2:
OBOK. DESIGN AGAINST CRIME LONDON
Crime, by definition, is illegal, and so is very hard to measure. Police figures generally undercount crime substantially and can be extremely misleading. Accordingly recorded crime statistics need to be treated with great caution and have sometimes been shown to show opposite trends to victim surveys or to violence as measured by hospital intake. However, police figures are usually the only available way to gauge local crime.
Obok is a scentsory device that connects your mobile phone and recognises where you are. When you walk through dangerous areas in London, Obok releases black pepper smell to activate your senses.
CULTURAL PROBE 3:
BALTIC AMBER JEWELRY
The Baltic Sea is a sea of the Atlantic Ocean, enclosed by the Scandinavian Peninsula, Finland, the Baltic countries, and the North European Plain. It includes the Gulf of Bothnia, the Bay of Bothnia, the Gulf of Finland and the Gulf of Riga.The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber, called Baltic amber or succinite. It dates from 44 million years ago (Eocene).It has been estimated that these forests created more than 100,000 tons of amber.
CULTURAL PROBE 4:
ALTO TAJO, EVOCATIVE TAPA
El Parque Natural del Alto Tajo es un parque natural español situado entre el sureste de la provincia de Guadalajara y el nordeste de la de Cuenca, constituyendo un amplio sistema de hoces naturales en el curso alto del río Tajo y sus afluentes a su paso por estas provincias y de extensos bosques que los rodean, con una gran diversidad climática, topográfica y geológica.