Vim is a prototype tangible narrative about energy futures. It is designed to illustrate how a story about a public issue could be designed for physical interaction and to learn whether that interaction can encourage participation in that issue.

The design consists of a wooden box featuring a solar panel and dials. It produces a story feed based on the reader’s preferences, along with a question for them to answer. Story feeds are designed as news briefs and include items from the past, present and future.


  • Doherty, Skye, Snow, Stephen, Jennings, Kathleen, Rose, Ben, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2020). Vim: a tangible energy story. 13th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2020, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, 3-6 November 2020. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-62516-0_24


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Dr Skye Doherty

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Dr Ben Matthews

Senior Lecturer
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Associate Professor Stephen Viller

Discipline Leader Human Centred Computing & Associate Professor
School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering