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HUNT LIBRARY GAMELAB

INTERACTION DESIGN ・ WORKFLOW ・ ICONOGRAPHY

September 2012 - January 2013
Direction: Shirley Rogers
Collaboration with: Jordan Lang

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PLAYING AROUND WITH DESIGN

The James B. Hunt Library opened its doors in 2012 and quickly established itself as a bastion of emerging technology at North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus. On the third floor, it houses what is known as the Game Lab: a one-of-a-kind dream scenario for any fan of digital gaming. The Game Lab boasts a 16x9 tile touch-screen display with greater than 4k film resolution, almost every console on the market (including legacy gaming consoles), and a fully customizable space complete with colored lighting and self-tinting windows. As part of the space's creation, we were asked to create a 'master remote' that would allow a smooth user experience while still capitalizing on the massive customization the space allowed. This, in turn, created a space for students to learn and play at the same time.

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A student tests out the GameLab's custom pixel wall screen. The screen's flexibility was impressive, but making it an intuitive process for any student who wanted to play a game proved to be a daunting challenge!

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Mapping the user interaction of the GameLab allowed for quick communication with the programming team, and allowed the team to focus on the essential screens and functionality that would go into the screen itself. Unique drag-and-drop interfaces were the name of the game, but they had to perform excellently.

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The AMX control tablet that allows remote control of the rooms innumerable functions allowed a lot of screen real-estate, and beautifully mimicked the proportions of the pixel wall. Because of this, and the "Star Trek" vibe of the room itself, the final design settled on a 1:1 emulation of the screen that allowed students to drag-and-drop inputs into sources and manually control source outputs with the click of a button.

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The GameLab home screen, waiting to be activated, glows slightly, and mirrors the Pixel Wall screensaver.

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Once inside, the GameLab routes users towards their ideal set-up, doing a lot of the work for them in order to reduce mistakes and create a quicker time between starting up and getting gaming.

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The "master" input/output screen control for the GameLab is where the magic really happens. Audio and video input controls, lighting, and anything else can be manipulated with ease before applying to the room itself. This allows users to 'see' a demonstration on-screen of what the screen will look like, before activating it, in case they want to make changes and not disrupt anyone currently in the room. The GameLab was rolled out with the rest of Hunt Library and has since functioned as a haven for gamers across campus and across the triangle.
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League of Legends All-Star Fire/Ice Trophy
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MTG World Championship Trophy
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Twitch Creative Trophy
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