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Postby orbital » January 13th, 2005, 2:52 am


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Sweetness..thanks for the links... i've bookmarked most of them..
send more if you have any.
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Postby junetic » January 16th, 2005, 9:27 pm


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this is the best site for finding projects that exploit technology into design:

www.we-make-money-not-art.com

on my top five daily feeds :D

a book on interactive design

Postby neptune » January 18th, 2005, 11:47 am


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Ebuhloone, thanks for your links...
Within those, I've actually discovered a very intersting book on interactive kinetic architecture at www.aiborg.net/leisuratorbook . As I read it, i will post few reflections...

Postby j » February 7th, 2005, 5:00 pm


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just wanted to pitch and compliment this great thread as it is close to my heart. I guess interaction design has become a description for a variety of job titles all defined by their different contexts, which is confusing.

For instance this description, taken from a web design agency of reknown ( actually started in 1977) refers to the trad. information design role which comes from software dev. rather than bastardization of it to mean "design training with strong typographical, motion graphic and interaction design skills. "

Interaction Designer

Duties and Responsibilities
Interaction designers must understand and refine client strategy and develop content and functionality that meets both client objectives and user goals. They must collaborate with visual designers and programmers to develop information architecture and user interfaces, and create proposals, functional specification, flowcharts, and schematics. Interaction designers act as the "user’s advocate" and are responsible for conceptual development.

Requirements
Qualified people have 2-3 years experience developing interactive products, a thorough understanding of user-centered design principles, client presentation skills, writing skills, and experience organizing complex information. Familiarity with principles of Web development as well as Illustrator and Visio is essential.

Anyway aside from this i had experience in interaction design while working as a cook at a strange restaurant in Amsterdam:Supperclub where food/fashion, design/theatre-spectacle/music / formal plan or more often spontaneous was the order of the day. Very different to Ivrea, Medialab europe, experience in terms of process and outcome.

"interaction design" education like Ivrea with some inspiration training and the odd visit from some CEO from an important company. Big PR, some cool research, rarely a cool product, although maybe that happens post- training. My experience is that they are great at the "blue sky" part of the equation, while worse on "landing" something that can enter the market.







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Postby Guest » March 17th, 2005, 4:36 am


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there has been some really interesting projects here to check out. it's amazing where the interaction design field is leading itself. the only thing i'd like to be able to find, but can't seem to is this idea i have had on how the concept of water can act as a digital metaphor for flowing information in a space such as a library or other information based discipline....

i have heard there was a very interesting installation at the mit media lab done by a fellow of chistopher small....can't seem to locate anything on that, does any know of projects that experiment with the idea of interaction and flowing water for information purposes??

Postby orbital! » March 27th, 2005, 6:35 pm


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I believe what you are looking for is DAVID SMALL, at small design... he did a water fountain projectionpiece over at the museum over here...he has some damn sweet projects over at http://www.davidsmall.com/

check it out..i'm not that big on the fountain project after i went to visit it, but he has some other great projects and is reallly smart after talking to him at the mediaLab.

orbital!



Anonymous wrote:there has been some really interesting projects here to check out. it's amazing where the interaction design field is leading itself. the only thing i'd like to be able to find, but can't seem to is this idea i have had on how the concept of water can act as a digital metaphor for flowing information in a space such as a library or other information based discipline....

i have heard there was a very interesting installation at the mit media lab done by a fellow of chistopher small....can't seem to locate anything on that, does any know of projects that experiment with the idea of interaction and flowing water for information purposes??

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Postby Analogue » July 8th, 2005, 3:18 pm

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Ray Kurzweil is an interesting fellow who has a website for various things related to the frontiers of science. However lots of it has to do with where culture, computing and the future of computer-mediated human experiences and interactions meet.

http://www.kurzweilai.net

Postby cg » July 8th, 2005, 6:14 pm

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Anonymous wrote: this idea i have had on how the concept of water can act as a digital metaphor for flowing information in a space such as a library or other information based discipline....


Is there a problem to be solved?
If not, does it qualify as Interactive art?

Postby Wintermute » September 20th, 2005, 12:46 am


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In my opinion ID is a bit new to really be filtering out into a lot of practical use, a lot of the core technologies still need some work I think before they're ready for world-spanning prime time.

BUT, when we get there, I think Interactive Design will probably touch everything else that gets designed, as they figure out more and more ways to integrate it and solve problems with the technology.


One aspect I'm currently interested in (because I just did a paper on it...) is the concept of a fully interactive office space, with common tasks integrated into the environment. right now, a lot of tasks that are central to the room are seperate from it, a phone, a lamp, a computer and a monitor all existing as seperate objects, even though they're integral to the purpose of the environment. If you put those functions into the room itself, along with a few other neat ergonomic tricks (ambient adjusting lighting, ect.) I think you'd end up a lot more functional, as well as 'purpose oriented'

the idea of a space that 'shifts' by purpose, on its own, without the need to drag around chairs and adjust other features is kinda cool too.

I'm really interested in the idea of places being defined by purpose, not by space or artificial deliniations myself.

interactive new media

Postby karma » November 10th, 2005, 8:46 am


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if you want to see new technologies you should check out
www.sprocket.com.au

Some cool large format interactive display solutions. this is the future.

Postby ykh » November 10th, 2005, 4:57 pm


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the future is a flat device you touch?

Postby mmjohns » March 25th, 2006, 5:56 pm

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I think you'll find that most jobs these days that get into the interactive-experience range of things really aren't looking for "designers" as most people in the ID field normally think of them.

I mean a great example is that of the web designer. When I started school for design you could be a web designer just by knowing HTML tables, photoshop, and a handfull of Javascript. But within five years that whole notion was completely blown out of the water to the point that most graphic designers or industrial designers could not even qualify for the basic requirements of the job posting.

Just look at any of the job postings for entry level gigs at Yahoo or other well known tech companies. They might say that they are looking for an "interactive designer" but look through the requirements and it becomes clear that they are really looking for a technically proficient programmer with a sense of style. A recent web design job required: XHTML, XML, AJAX, Ruby, CSS2, RSS, Javascript, Java, PHP,.ASP, and MySQL.

For higher paying levels they wanted experience in C++, C# (C-sharp from Micro$oft), and other .Net experience which essentially means that they are looking for someone who graduated from a Computer Science or Electrical Engineering program and not someone who went to art school for a bachelors degree.

If you are really looking to get involved in the "tech" end of things and work in interaction then you really need to look at moving away from ID and more to CS. But ideally you do want a balance of the two so an undergrad in CS and a masters in ID would probably be a good way to go.

Postby cg » March 25th, 2006, 6:50 pm

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Agreed, the majority of my Interaction Design applicants are actually Interface/Interactive Developers who don't recognize the difference. The dot-com boom flooded the market with "Web Designers" just like the Mac flooded the market with "Desktop Publishers."

Postby SU10design » August 14th, 2006, 8:45 pm

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interaction design has to do with the actual involvment between the designer and the consumers. It's the bussiness side of design in a way.
How we as designers work with and for the consumers to improve the design of products.

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Postby vinay85 » August 16th, 2006, 6:01 pm


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There have be many different definitions of interaction design spanning the last 2 decades and the field has been transforming continuously. The very term was first defined by Bill Moggridge. Recently when he happened to be one of our examiners at IDII he commented on how the practice of interaction design has been transforming based on the trends in technology and social behaviors but very core of the practice remained very much rooted in the design of behaviors and experiences.
I have been brooding over this subject for a while and in the more holistic sense today interaction design encompasses a wide array of activities that typically (and not completely) cover Graphical interfaces, Tangible interfaces, Spatial interfaces and Services. Amongst many other things some of core skills of interaction designers lie in the design of interfaces, proficiency in several user centered investigative techniques, analysis and synthesis of user needs and last but not the least the capability to design the manifestation of the behavior / experience in the form of a GUI / TUI / conceptual framework (i.e Information architecture / business model etc ). Many interaction designers come from related backgrounds like industrial design, graphic design, computer science etc and dwell upon these previous experiences to shape their career paths. In the words of Phil Tabor 'interaction design education is more often transformative rather that incremental in terms of skills, outlook and design processes'.

In a discussion with my friend Oren Horev an interesting point emerged about the distinction of interaction design. Amongst all other classical design disciplines, interaction designers are not forced to think of their solutions in terms of products, graphics or any other singular medium. This in particular liberates the designer and enables focus on the quality of the experience and its impact. Thus it also automatically enables the interaction designer to think lot more strategically and forces them to work in collaborative teams with other professionals. Coincidentally this sense of freedom to design ideal solutions attracts designers who are driven equally by innovation as much as aesthetics.

Today in industry a lot of interaction designers work in the design of screen or software based solutions, some work in the design of products etc and relatively smaller number work in the design of services and strategic solutions. Of-course the more subjectively inclined also do some very interesting work in the form of interactive art and installations. What ever the form of practice, companies have begun to realize the potential of the field and the need for interaction designers both as specialists and generalists.

We the promotional team at CIID have been trying to answer such questions and much more as part of the design of a new curriculum for interaction design education and any feedback would be welcome.

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