Networked Artifacts

«products of human workmanship that are interconnected and conversing»

The Internet of Things allows everyday objects to be interconnected. These Networked Artifacts place designers in unknown territory, as the objective is now the design of multiple, interconnected artifacts rather than just a single, tangible object. This shift from object to system calls for new ways of thinking about design and especially for new methods in design education.


This website is a collection of articles, experiments and findings generated in the process of uncovering the term Networked Artifacts as a terminology to describe a design perspective on the Internet of Things. This ideas has been fostered by Joël Gähwiler in his master's thesis Less Screens, More Objects, which also led to the creation of the prototyping platform. Currently the topic is investigated further in various projects conducted privately and at the Interaction Design programe of the Zurich Universits of the Arts.


The following is a documentation of courses, workshops, projects and experiments that have been conducted in the context of this project and the associated research.


The project is a joint investigation by the following partners: