This week’s In-Depth article is the newest in our ongoing series of DVN Interior member discovery via company profiles and interviews. GHSP is a global supplier of mechanical and electromechanical systems to the automotive, transportation, and appliance industries. They do shift systems, consoles, smart actuators, electronics—have a look at our coverage and you’ll get the picture.
These are perfect exemplars of today’s interior products combining function; æsthetics; value-added surfaces; electronics, and tiny packaging. This kind of integration plays a major (and increasing!) role to build intuitive user experience and safe human machine interface.
Integration is the thoughtful, constructive putting together of all this stuff such that it looks and works like a single system where no missed details would “itch”. The interior realm is all about integration where plastic, metal, textile or leather, and electronics blend into a product which has to work perfectly a million times or more, across a giant temperature range, and intuitively without confusing a wide range of users.
This week’s Car Interiors Unplugged chapter extends this perspective, showing how UX in general, and any control in particular constitutes an intellectual control of the object, and how interior design has to invent the apposite communication language.
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There’s no Design Lounge piece this week; contributing author Nick Xiromeritis, who wrote most of our Design Lounge articles, passed away last week. We are sad to have lost our friend and colleague.