A Katana Design Experience

  • Tim McGinley
  • Kei Hoshi
  • Petra Gruber
  • Shane Haddy
  • Yannis Zavoleas
  • Linus Tan
  • David Blaiklock
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10711)


Increases in computation power have allowed design software to become more complex. At the same time, big data and artificial intelligence, question the traditional tools of the human designer. Morphogenetic (concerned with the beginning of the form of an object) prototyping provides a method for designers to control this complexity by separating the design into pseudo developmental stages to enable the manipulation of its development at different stages. This paper investigates the tools, processes, theory and systems that would be needed to simulate this design experience. Through this process a katana sword is selected as the metaphor for the design experience to relate the affordance of cutting to the simulation of a pseudo biological sub division. A sword prototype is used to identify appropriate gestures to map to biological behaviours in order to trigger the simulation of staged pseudo biological processes in the design model. Finally, the tangible user interface (TUI) tool based on the katana sword is refined and future work is outlined.


Tangible user interface Morphogenetic prototyping Design experience Agile biomimetics Narrative prototyping 



This work was funded by the University of South Australia’s Research Themes Investment Scheme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AustraliaAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.University of AkronAkronUSA
  3. 3.The University of NewcastleNewcastleAustralia
  4. 4.Ctrl_Space LabAthensGreece
  5. 5.Swinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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