Interaction Design on the outside

  • April 30, 2014 · 6:30 PM

We’re on for next Wednesday, are you?

We have Ben King, Sjors Timmer and Steve Taylor talking about things relating to Interaction Design on the outside. Outside your home, outside your screen, in the streets.

Steve Taylor, from The Alloy, will talk about his experience designing away from screens to embrace physical interactions. Sjors Timmer will recap his experience at Urban IxD last year. And lastly Ben King will relive the experience of creating MadeByMany’s first piece of hardware, the Hackaball.

More details below, but if you want to come and will definitely turn up please get in quick as our events seem to fill up insanely fast.

Big love,

Boon and Jason


Steve Taylor presents 'Designing out the screen'

I will be asking how, as Designers, can we move beyond the need to
design a screen into everything and embrace physical interactions? Now computing is becoming ever more ubiquitous & entwined into our lives, surely an acceptable solution isn’t to cover our world in icons & screens. There is an emerging trend of beautifully crafted products that are becoming the face of complex systems, yet they have no screen at all and still provide a rich suite of interactions that are easily accessible by the user. What tools are available to us as Interaction Designer’s to give us the courage to step away from our wireframes & start designing beautiful, engaging physical interactions?

Sjors Timmer presents 'The futures of the city'

Design fiction and Urban IxD

Why do we talk about the future in the singular, when at any moment in time there are many futures to consider? Visions of the city's future present a clear path forwards towards the Smart City. But is that true? At theUrban IxD summer school, a week long workshop I attended last year, we aimed to break through the monolithic vision of the future city. We used the mindset of critical design and the method of design fictions to create a much wider range of possible urban futures.

Ben King presents ' Making Hackaball'

Ben is a maker, who wants to be building new products and services for people. For the last fews years Ben has been focusing on the digital / physical space in his work. Most recently for Made by Many, where he has been building a smartphone connected children's Toy Hackaball.
His interest in this area was sparked by a collaborative project with Sony Europe, and conceptual project imagining a smart home for Haier. His background is within industrial design, having spent a year working in China with an LED lighting startup and at LOE Design, Shanghai.

Ben will be will be talking about making Hackaball, as a product designer at a digital product company practicing ‘Lean Startup’.

I want to talk about what we learnt making Hackaball, a connected children’s toy I have been making at Made by Many. This was initially a two month project that is now at a really exciting stage two years on. The idea was shaped by continuous testing with many children and many prototypes. As Made by Many is a digital product company, the biggest learnings for us were around how to quickly iterate and prototype hardware. There were also many personal challenges as industrial designer joining a digital industry.

An apology for the delay
Apologies for the delay in sending out the invite, but we were securing our third speaker and getting some summaries for their talks. I also blame Easter and chocolate. But enough with the excuses...

We aim for last wednesday of every month

We do our best to host an event on the last wednesday of every month so as not to clash with our brothers and sisters at UxPA. Unfortunately, this month will clash with some workshops the UxPA is running, but I’m sure there are some of you left who’d want a heavy dose of Interaction Design inspiration.

Stick 28th May in your diary

We are getting very excited about our next event already. We've already got Matt Webb from Berg lined up, and Tom Evans from Bleep Bleeps.

Checkout the latest event writeups from Futureheads

Also, check out the latest event writeups from Futureheads. It’s a new thing that they’re doing in support of IxDA london’s evets. Worth a look if you missed an event and want to get a feel of what it’s like.

The three latest writeups:

March movie night

February redux

Up close and personal with Boon and Jason

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  • Sjors T.

    Put my talk notes together on a Medium post:

    May 7, 2014

  • Roo

    I really enjoyed this - Jason and Boon as welcoming as always, great talks that gave me plenty of food for thought. Thank you!

    May 5, 2014

  • Jill L.

    I recently read about smart city Santander - the City That Runs on Sensors in Tech City News. At present, the sensors work in two ways. They cut costs and energy by limiting the use of services. And they gather key information such as, park spaces, bus waiting times, etc. But these are calculated based on "average" and "normality", what if some one decided to throw a big party in the park? If the sensors are not intelligent enough to learn from human behaviour and to organically predict the next behaviour, do you think that the human being will be forced into following a certain pattern and lost the individuality?

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Jill L.

    Thanks a lot IxDA, I enjoyed all three talks a lot. What Steve said about "the role of interaction designer is to design interaction outside of the screens" really inspired me. Having the freedom of thinking about interaction in physical space truly broadens the horizon of what we do on a daily bases.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Alex C.

    Thanks guys! I'd had a full-on day but it was well worth coming. See you next time!

    1 · May 1, 2014

  • Boon C.

    Awesome evening with 3 fantastic talks. Thanks Ben, Steve, and Sjors!

    3 · May 1, 2014

  • terence f.

    Really interesting approaches and a wealth of ideas

    May 1, 2014

  • jason m.

    An amazing job done by Sjors, Ben and Steve. These guys didn't have much time to prepare, so I was super impressed. Just losing a star for my own LittleBits failures and general mumble stumbles.

    2 · May 1, 2014

  • Elizabeth I.

    Absolutely gutted, but I have to bow out. Tube strike has killed my night life :(.

    April 30, 2014

  • johanna k.

    Do you have a schedule for the day? It would be good to know how long the talks are and when it is supposed to be finished - as late as 9:30pm, or does that include time for mingling after the talks are over? (to help plan journey home)

    1 · April 29, 2014

    • jason m.

      There should besome opportunity for mingling afterwards + trip to pub. But not everyone stays out late usually.

      April 29, 2014

    • jason m.

      NB, the above is provisional and slightly flexible. We're ot super great on teh timings and still awaiting confirmation from Ben that he can still come and keep to time.

      April 29, 2014

  • Heidi S.

    Just realised I have double booked myself on the same night for a workshop - sorry about that and hopefully see you guy next time.

    April 28, 2014

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