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Information Overload at Valsplat


Since the Dutch soccer team is not playing in the Quarter Finals on Thursday, we might as well have ourselves a UX Cocktail Hour! I am super excited to report that we found a location for our event: Valsplat has offered to host it again!

Join their usability evaluation experts, some of their clients, and about 45 members of the UX Community for an evening of learning, networking and socializing.

This evening, the learning part will be covered by a real Professor! Karl Fast is a professor of User Experience Design at Kent State University. He studies how people interact with information as they try to make sense of their world. He teaches classes on information architecture, human-information interaction, and information visualization, among others.

His presentation is titled "Information overload is an opportunity", and here is the abstract:
Everyone experiences information overload. This is the reality of the digital now. How might we transform this reality from a negative to a positive—from information overload to information opportunity? The standard approaches include massive computation (think Google) and loosely coordinated group action (think Wikipedia). In this talk I will discuss an alternative approach: deep interaction.
By deep interaction I mean how people act on the world to make meaning, develop understanding, and create insight. This does not happen just in our heads. We do not simply look at the world and think. We often need to interact with the information we encounter. Interaction is an integral part of how we analyze, reason about, and solve problems with information. I call this deep interaction because it involves a complex connection between mind, body, and world. It is more than clicking pixels.
This presentation will explore the contours of deep interaction and examine its implications as we move from a world of keyboards and mice to a world of touch, gesture, and beyond. I will argue that deep interaction should play a key role in designing a world where information is an opportunity, not a burden.

The networking and socializing will be supported by snacks and drinks offered to you by Valsplat. The rest is up to you :-)

In summary:
What: Amsterdam UX Cocktail Hour
When: Thursday, June 21
Time: 18:00-21:30
Where: Valsplat, Prins Hendrikkade 22, 1012 TM, Amsterdam
Theme: Information Overload
RSVP: yes, via

As always, if you have any questions, please email [masked]

Peter Boersma | Interaction Designer and Design Process Consultant
mobile: [masked] | twitter: @pboersma | skype: peterboersma

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  • Liou Y.

    Great talk, nice theoretical touch, a welcome change from applied talks.

    June 22, 2012

  • Ron van den B.

    the talk on Info-Overload was good, even inspiring...., left with new knowledge and some fresh ideas.....

    June 22, 2012

  • Vincent van S.

    Fantastic, great talk and great people.

    June 22, 2012

  • Teun H.

    Still processing the interesting talk by Karl Fast... ;-)

    June 22, 2012

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