Interaction Design

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Carla Diana

Using Light, Sound and Motion in Your Design Palette

We are entering a time when automated, robotic products are becoming a day-to-day reality. The combination of affordable sensors, advances in robotics, and home network availability has enabled a new type of sophisticated smart object to enter our world in almost every aspect of daily life such as cooking, cleaning, entertainment, transportation, security and hygiene, to name a few. In this talk, product designer Carla Diana will provide a lively overview of the landscape of smart objects that exist today along with an exploration of the potential for new objects to be designed for the near future. She will discuss how holistic design methods using light, sound and motion can be used to build engaging product experiences that fully embrace the rich relationships among people, objects, and information. This talk will highlight ways to envision product experiences, followed by a discussion of design methodologies that can be used to explore and quickly iterate through ideas that arrive at human-centered concepts built around a specific product behaviors.

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Cennydd Bowles

Ethics for the AI Age

Over the next two decades, connected products will demand an unprecedented amount of user trust. Technologists and designers will ask the public for yet more of their attention, more of their data, more of their lives. AIs will know users’ deepest secrets. Co-operating devices will automate security and safety. Autonomous vehicles will even make life-or-death decisions for passengers. But ours is an industry still unwilling to grapple with the ethical, social, and political angles of this future. We mistakenly believe that technology is neutral; that mere objects cannot have moral relevance. And so we make embarrassing blunders—racist chatbots, manipulative research, privacy violations—that undermine trust and harm those we should help. This is a dangerous trajectory. We urgently need a deeper ethical dialogue about emerging technology, and interaction design’s role within it.

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Rachel Hinman

The Mobile Frontier

You’ll learn…

  • How to think about and create experiences that span and scale across multiple devices
  • Where natural UIs go beyond what we can do with traditional graphical UIs
  • Ways to traverse the chasm between gestures and mouse-based interactions
  • Moving from efficiency and tasks towards providing a sense of comfort and connection
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Bill Scott

Designing Rich Interactive Experiences

You’ll learn…

  • Build smart user interfaces that are driven by content, controls, or data.
  • Break up IA while achieving seamless flows and intuitive interactivity.
  • Improve animations by focusing on what can be simplified rather than added.
  • Create meaningful experiences by using standard design patterns in elegant ways.
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Bill DeRouchey

Designing Humanity into your products

You’ll learn…

  • Avoid the formal tone, creating an imbalance of power in the company-to-customer relationship
  • Take a step forward, creating slack in your relationship with customers, and learn why that’s key in having a solid brand
  • Show customers there are real people looking out for them, making the products they use
  • Be the most human when your customers are the most challenged and need the most help