How many people read paper magazine nowadays? I started this post with a question because despite the fact that magazines are becoming obsolete in their paper form, their contribution to design is hard to put on words.
What if we took another look at technology? Rather than trying to understand how it works, Units Research Review sets out to discover what it feels like to be around it, from fascination to abandonment or devotion.
Units is a Paris-based design studio, specialized around technological issues. From neurosurgical micro-robots to festive machines to connected objects, the studio's practice is anchored in the analysis and formalization of new technologies.
In September 2020, Units publishes the first issue of its research journal, Units Research Review (URR), to support its approach. By giving the voice to anthropologists, designers, artists and historians, URR investigates the “Technical Happiness” theme in order to study the range of emotions that technology conveys. The aim of this first issue is to provide a plural perspective on technical emotions within our cultural sphere. Between research notebook, game book and collection of plastic productions, U.R.R takes you, through 11 contributions, on the technical side.
As a conclusion of the review, Units proposes a manifesto for generating technical experiences through emotions. The magazine is available for sale at a price of 10€ and it comes with a free shipping.
Get your copy here : https://units.design/product/technical-happiness/