Design Technology Lab | NYU Abu Dhabi
Joy Ming, Ishita Ghosh, Jay Chen, Azza Abouzied
For low-resource organizations working in developing regions, paper remains the default information medium of choice. Despite the recent push toward leveraging information and communication technologies (ICTs) for replacing paper-based tasks, there remain many barriers to designing deployable and appropriate technical solutions that replace paper. As a result, paper tools such as forms, charts, and graphs continue to be widely used. Unfortunately, existing paper tools are often designed to be out of reach for end-users and depend on intermediaries to input data and interpret information. We apply ideas from computability and human-computer interaction to design a system to automatically generate paper tools that provide immediate computation, visual feedback, and independence from both ICTs and intermediaries at the point of use.