Workshop17 Watershed

    YOUR IXDD INVITATION - 25th September! IxDA Cape Town, IxDA Beirut and in collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) are celebrating World Interaction Design Day on the 25th September. You are hereby personally invited to attend an evening bringing together local IxD Industry & IxD Education for an evening of talks, presentations, discussions, demonstrations and a bumper load of networking. Drinks and snacks will be served. The event is free of charge, however, RSVP is required. Our keynote speaker Tatiana Toutikian (IxDA Beirut) is an industrial and critical designer who designs objects, services, and interactions for the near future or sometimes another now. Tatiana uses design as a tool for provocation, dialogue, and a challenger of assumptions. NB: Seats are limited. ========== World Interaction Design Day (IXDD) is an annual event where we come together as a united global community to show how interaction design improves the human condition. Our aim is to have a positive, long-lasting impact by facilitating activities that support dialogue and outcomes. Presented in partnership with Adobe and IxDA, we welcome everyone to contribute by hosting activities for their local communities around the theme for 2019: Trust and Responsibility

  • Designing African Robots

    Formula D interactive studio

    Ralph Borland studied Fine Art, majoring in Sculpture and English, at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and later did a Masters degree in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University on the creative use of electronics. His thesis work, Suited for Subversion (2002), a protective-performance suit for street protest, was selected for the exhibition Safe at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2005, and subsequently made part of their permanent collection. Ralph will talk about his current project AFRICAN ROBOTS, which intervenes in street ‘wire art’ production in Southern Africa (particularly South Africa and Zimbabwe). Here, informal sector artists make largely ornamental goods from galvanised steel fencing wire and other cheap materials, which they sell in the street. African Robots brings DIY electronics knowhow and cheap components to produce interactive and kinetic forms of work; African automatons such as birds, animals and insects. One of the intentions of African Robots has been to democratise access to technological knowhow: mechanical forms that have been in use for centuries for example, as well as computational and electronic principles. The ‘curriculum’ (one of the visions of the project is for an African Robots Academy) includes emphasis on non-European and extra-Western examples of such knowledge: the 12th century Islamic inventor Al-Jazari’s automaton designs for example (which include some of the earliest known examples of programmable devices) and fields such as Ethnomathematics, which recognise the use of mathematical principles found in non-maths places (often in craft practices such as weaving).

  • How to design for All - Inclusive design

    Formula D interactive studio

    The future is now! Sort of. Inclusive Design, where we design for a spectrum of abilities, is more important than ever. As we’re breaking new frontiers of what’s possible, we’re also breaking new frontiers of how difficult we can make things for our users. Not all of our users have perfect vision and motor control, a new and hi-tech device, and blazing fast internet. This talk will offer concrete tips on how to start doing better, more inclusive, design right away. It will bust the myths that inclusive design is too difficult, time consuming, or expensive. It will help us gain greater empathy for our users who have a range of different physical and cognitive experiences of the products they use. There will also be pictures of animals, because cute. About the speakers Nicola du Toit is a UX designer and usability specialist by day and a musician by night. She has a Masters degree specialising in human-computer interaction but is also left-handed, which means that usability (or a lack thereof) has always been a significant part of her life. She firmly believes that human-centred design can make the world a better place. Nicola rants about bad UX (and other things) on twitter as @sophdex and can be found in the interwebs at http://nicoladutoit.com. --- Steve Barnett works as Front-end developer and User Experience consultant. He loves applying User-Centered Design principles to Front-end development. He likes helping people learn new things and being involved with the local dev community. He loves sharing what he learns, so he writes about it, speaks at conferences, and facilitates workshops. If he’s not busy with one of those, he’s probably crouched in an awkward position in front of something funny-looking, taking pictures of it. Sometimes he writes things about himself in the third person and it feels a bit odd ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. --- Together, they form: the Empathy Labradors! We heart humans and think Inclusive Design can help us all make the world a better place. Yes, we are dog people. But also like cats a lot.

  • Designing for Interactions

    Formula D interactive studio

    We'll have two speakers, Kate Towsey and Pierre Marqua, at this meetup which will be co-hosted by the IDF Cape Town group. About the speakers Kate Towsey Kate Towsey's been working in digital since 2004 as a delivery manager, content strategist, then a user researcher. She's spent the best part of the last five years user researching user researchers - it's meta! She specialises in research operations: she designed and delivered user research infrastructure - labs, panels, media archives, and worked on research data security and infrastructure for clients such as the UK's Government Digital Service (GDS) and Co-op Digital. When not working on 'ResearchOps', Kate works as a user researcher for organisations like BBC R&D (innovation projects), Pfizer and others. An ex-journalist and content strategist, Kate also edits books for well-known tech publications. Kate is the instigator and lead for the ResearchOps Community - a global community of user researchers and designers who are thinking about how to better operationalise research. Pierre Marqua Pierre Marqua has been a digital artist and marketer since 2001. Coming from a marketing background and getting into the digital game early has allowed him to pioneer techniques that would later come to be known as User Experience design. Currently, Pierre runs the UX Program at the Friends of Design Academy in Cape Town. "UX design is a way of finding out what the user wants, it directly involves the user in the design process and aims to remove ego from both the designer and the client, placing the focus on the user and what they find usable in a product. Modern technology has swung in a direction of the remote, anything from remote surveys via email to remote testing via online applications, which in effect, detaches the UX operative from the most important cog in the process, the User. If we are to tell a story, we need to talk to the user and nothing is more important than directly interacting with the users on a face to face basis within the users natural environment." Join in for a relaxed get-together of Interaction and UX designers, or people who are interested in IxD and UX, offering opportununity to network and share knowledge over coffee, beer or water! Looking forward to meeting you.

  • Leyla Acaroglu: Exclusive live stream from Interaction 18 conference in Lion

    Formula D interactive studio

    • What we'll do Join us after work for a short (45) minutes exclusive live stream from Interaction 18 in Lion, France. We'll provide some snacks and drinks to fuel the discussion afterwards. Leyla Acaroglu: Design ethics and systems change (Live Stream) keynote – 45 min | Feb 8 – 18h00 for 18h15 As we enter into more interconnected and complex times, how do we leverage our influence as designers for activating systems change? As designers, we have immense influence on society, we help to design the future through the things we do and don’t create everyday. This offers infinite potential and equally infinite impacts that we must contend with. With such rapid technological and cultural change, how can design create the cultural conditions that facilitate positive change, address some of the biggest issues of our day and level up our role in shifting the status quo? This compelling talk from UNEP Champion of the Earth and design disrupter Dr. Leyla Acaroglu looks at design ethics, systems change, circularity and designing a positive future that works better for all of us. • What to bring • Important to know

  • Interaction Design for Virtual Reality

    Formula D interactive studio

    Virtual Reality games and apps require interaction design that is different to designing for other platforms, such as touch and WIMP interfaces. What do we need to know when designing for Virtual Reality interactions? What are the pain points, what are the opportunities? We will explore these questions at our next Meetup of IxDA Cape Town. We'll be welcoming Gerard Slee from Tenebris Lab and Marcel Terblanche from Formula D who will both share some of their knowledge about designing for VR. Looking forward to seeing you! Michael Wolf IxDA Cape Town

  • Our favourite interaction design prototyping tools

    Formula D interactive studio

    Hi IxD's At the next meetup, we'd like to share and discuss our favourite protyping methods and tools. Please get in touch with me if your are keen to do a Pecha-kucha style presentation (less than 10 minutes) presenting what you have to say about this topic. Looking forward to seeing you! Michael Wolf

  • Interaction Design in Cape Town

    Formula D interactive studio

    Hi all, I would like to invite you for an informal get together to touch base on interaction design activities in Cape Town. Since we haven't had a meet up in a while, I would like to start with an introduction round and welcoming new members. Feel free to to bring a few slides if you want to illustrate your work in IxD. But don't hesitate to just come and listen if you're new to the field. Everybody is welcome. Hope to meet you soon. Michael

  • Reconnect - IxDA Cape Town

    Location visible to members

    Dear Cape Town IxD's The group hasn't been active for a quite a while. It's time to reconnect and meet the new IxD's who have subscribed. The meetup therefore is first and foremost a "meet and greet" event, an introduction for the new members and a discussion about future activities. Feel free to come forward with suggestions and ideas. We will have the meetup at Formula D's studio and we'll be serving some drinks and snacks. Looking forward to reconnect! Michael

  • Beer o' clock for Cape Town's Interaction Designers

    Truth Coffee HQ

    It's "Beer o' Clock" for IxDA Cape Town Whereas our last meet-up was very formal with talks and presentation, we would like to use this next occasion to MEET YOU with a drink in our hands and informally chatting about our plans and ideas to support interaction design in Cape Town and beyond. Last but not least we would like to celebrate with our core team and invite active and motivated individuals to talk to us and join the team! When arriving at the venue, please look our for the green X! A cash bar will be available. See you there.