Jackson Kerbs Interactive Design


Featured Projects ︎

  1. Bellwether coffee

  2. Obsidian by Badg

  3. The Inframent

  4. Data Health

  5. Age of fog

  6. Design week

Explorations ︎︎︎

  1. In Particulates ESS (Chicago)
  2. The Oath
  3. Eavesdropping
  4. CanyonLands installation (SLC)
  5. Prototyping_JAW
  6. Privacy Suit
  7. Surplus of Potential Situation
  8. sensing.media

Biography ︎

Jackson is a multi-disciplinary designer working in product and experience design. His interests lie in the hidden truths that can be revealed through investigation of technology, human ecologies, and the translation of data.

He utilizes design thinking + grounded research to derive digital language, dissolve a traditional discipline, and open up his field of view to areas of interdisciplinary design. He utilizes research methods, human-centered systems, and investigative design practice.


Surplus of POtential

Situation / 2018


In a city there is a certain “Surplus of Potential” within individual interactions with the inhabitants, the physical environment, and how we choose to participate in our own social environment. An urban environment offers this potential through elements of uncontrollability, surprise, and opportunity. When we live in a city, all of these characteristics create an environment that we are not able to understand all at once, so we begin to slowly familiarize ourselves with our surroundings. Through these discoveries we begin to create our personal identity in relation to our environment.

Define the relationship between self and environment based on the “Surplus of Potential” offered by an urban city. How do familiar walking paths introduce us to our surroundings and create a personal milieu or identity?

The User must have a desire to understand and interact and familiarize themselves with their environment. As the designer, it is important to me that the User discovers something about themselves through the experience. A sense of optimism and wonder is important to me. A guarantee of safety may be infeasible because the urban environment may be unpredictable by definition.

Walking as the primary method of navigation.

The Surplus of Potential from Jackson Kerbs on Vimeo.

The means of accessing the experience. After documenting my experience in my city environment I again checked against my brief and decided the final piece of this project was a way for others to contribute their own story. My research in place-making explains the importance of collaboration when creating meaningful spaces.  I decided to find this collaboration through offering an invitation to contribute.  This invitation was actualized through multiple print and graphic material as well as an opportunity to upload documentation to a bi-annual online curation of experiences.