Today, the relationship between subject and object has been reversed, and we are becoming more and more technology dependent, resulting in objects ruling us. The physical presence of people is losing its value. Small incidents or situations between strangers might lead to meaningful relationships. Everyday objects, such as a coffee table, salt-pepper shakers or phones are ubiquitous and are part of our lives in a way that influences our cultural and social behavior. The effect these objects create is more important than the objects themselves. Hence the name “Aura”, for the objects created during my thesis. These objects have a way of creating interactions.

Different Auras explore various stages of interaction such as subject-object, subject-subject, object-object, and others. Auras try to form opportunities to allow this by using strategies such as playfulness, emotional instigators, usability or need. It is about the complete atmosphere created by people, objects, situations, interactions, and activities. This environment—that positively reinforces communication and possibly forms relationships—is what we are trying to achieve. Many decisions, feelings, thinking and actions depend on our environments rather than our inner selves. We act subconsciously because of the most subtle happenings around us.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Industrial design--Psychological aspects; Industrial design--Social aspects; Human engineering; Coffee tables--Design; Salt and pepper shakers--Design; Cell phones--Equipment and supplies--Design

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Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Peter Byrne

Advisor/Committee Member

Bruce Leonard


RIT – Main Campus

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