Sumit Dagar

Interaction Designer, Kriyate
Delhi, India

About Sumit


Sumit Dagar is a designer and technologist who puts his skills to use for innovating accessibility solutions. He believes that a deprived sense should not dictate an inability to use technology, rather, technology should adapt to user’s needs and capabilities. He founded Kriyate with this vision in 2012. Before founding the company, he headed a number of startups in services and products related to the design field. His work has earned him international recognition such as Rolex Young Laureate, TED fellowship, and MIT India TR 35.


English, Hindi

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Areas of Expertise

interaction design, Movie Making, traveling, Information Visualisation, Social Entrepreneurship

I'm passionate about

Design Thinking, Interaction Design, Social Entrepreneurship

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Accessibility, design, impact, product development

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Sumit Dagar
Posted about 4 years ago
Should an interface have an emotional connect with a user?
Sorry for not answering the comments individually in the interest of taking the debate forward. But thanks everyone, specially Atilla, for the thoughts. Its really good to understand so many perspectives. The apprehensions, specially about artificial emotions, are the first thing that comes to mind. Its gross to visualize a machine with emotions. But, can there be some positives as well? To take an actual example in a parallel field. Are the Khan Academy tutorials much more fun just because they talk to users (children) in their language or more because they are not as cold as others in their methods. A certain level of warmth has changed the way children react to being taught online. Again, its all very contextual. But would it be "cool" to have a bit more "warm" interactions.. or we need to reject the idea altogether... To think of it in terms of logic, computers (/machines) are actually built on logic, and if emotions follow logic they become fake. And thats what makes us grossed out about emotional machines?
Sumit Dagar
Posted about 4 years ago
Should an interface have an emotional connect with a user?
Say we juxtapose human - machine interaction with a few others like possibly human - nature interaction, human - animals interaction, we get a few dissimilar categories that mainly covers the interactions we have (apart from human-human obviously). Not that we care about each and every random tree on a street, or a street dog, or possibly any other object... but we do get a sense of connect and a possible set of emotions when we have to interact with these entities. We might get angry, sad, happy or apathetic amongst a lot of other reactions, but theres a set of these emotions. And if these interactions happen repeatedly with a particular entity, it starts to become a relationship. Is it so in case of human - machine scenarios as well? The set of emotions are lesser in these scenarios, and hence the relationship is more transient. And hence the alienation creeps in? Questions about efficiency, contextual application and others are very well placed. But, the field itself seems to be so less explored that there's a lot of speculation in all thats being said, including my own posts as well.