The International Knock
2012, 8 weeks
The International Knock is a concept designed to encourage long distance collaborations and connections in a more effective and intimate way inspired by the international company Mozilla.
The many options of communication applications available has indulged, facilitated and consumed our daily lives. But this has resulted in a lack of connection and is still limited when it comes to multiple people.
Mozilla has 11 offices based around the world and are ever expanding. Being able to make a meaningful connection with colleagues over long distance with use of only screen based applications leaves a gap for misunderstandings and can be impersonal. According to Professor Albert Merabians Formula 93% of communications are not in the words we use. The International Knock captures these unspoken qualities and explores how closeness can be achieved over long distance.
I reintroduced the age old notion of a knocking on a door to allow people to physically interact over a long distance and to reintroduce the etiquette that surrounds doors. Giving people the opportunity to be more discerning adds an engaging quality to the experience.
To get someone’s attention at a chosen location simply knock on their panel and wait for a response. Your knock will then be carried to the corresponding object where that person can decide whether they want to respond. To respond you can adjust the setting of the sliding door in front of your video connection to invite them into your space. This video connection will be found on the the International Knock’s website.
This familiar interaction results in simple yet engaging interaction allowing people across the world to make a connection through this physical object. People will begin to recognise each other knocks adding personality and will act as a indicator as to the urgency and tone of the requested conversation.
The open video connections allow people to communicate in a more natural way not forcing conversations and collaborations into allocated time slots.