Uncertainty

& Openness




The discovery of quantum mechanics in Physics brought a way of observing the world into the atomic realm and raised the term "uncertainty" based on sustained movement and interaction of particles. The Schrödinger's cat, which devised by physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935, is used to ideally proved the state of uncertainty causes the cat to be in a blurred state of both lives and die until "the box is opened." Quantum mechanical particles can exist in any state until they are measured. It corresponds with Stephen Hawking's "model-dependent realism" which claims reality should be interpreted based upon models. It could be drawn that we live in a state of uncertainty and seek for definition and explanatory of the unknown, while rather than relying on the deterministic rules that have been established, we should embrace the possibility of uncertainty.


November 2018



This thesis explores the concept of the uncertainty from the quantum physics and transfer it into a new way of thinking in the process of the communication design. Designers can achieve the term of openness, which means provide audiences open space to interpret, by reducing control over uncertain factors.  Meanwhile, based on the functional and communicable quality of design, the spectrum of interpretation would be restricted by authorial intention. In this thesis, I propose an opening and collaborative design thinking methodology, which demonstrated a platform of multi-perspectives representations, and diverse evolutionary outputs by participatory process. It promotes designers to convey the relationship between ideas rather than a single idea, providing a platform for audiences to understand more comprehensive information and encourage them to discover personal and potential interpretation. Through building a collaborative form of interaction, by continually integrating new perspec-tives from users, it provides an evolu-tionary perspective for the next user.