Posts about Events


The Women in Design and Tech Leadership Forum

Lean In. A leading light in design and tech leadership, Sheryl Sandberg, has called for women to lean in to their work and leadership roles just as they might be considering pulling back. One recommendation is increased and focused discussions of leadership and mentorship among professional women. Together, Cooper and WebVisions heeded the call for questioning and discussion of how to move toward leadership equality in design and tech with this event in the co: here series.  

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Cooper and WebVisions join together to host a conversation about how to move toward leadership equality in design and tech with this event in the co: here series.  

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Learn More about Non-Verbal: Do Your Own Research

By: Katherine Hill & Robin Zander

In our last two installments on designing for the non-verbal in UX Research, we suggested you keep your eyes open for non-verbal cues in your existing research methods and then add prompts for them as integral pieces to your future processes. However, interpreting these cues may prove challenging at first, if you don’t know what you’re looking for or how to encourage such expressivity from a user.

This is where acting, dance, and improv training come in handy. The study of human behavior is wide, and we suggest incorporating physicality and expressivity to your already deep knowledge base of behavior. 

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In our last two installments on designing for the non-verbal in UX Research, we suggested you keep your eyes open for non-verbal cues in your existing research methods and then add prompts for them as integral pieces to your future processes. However, interpreting these cues may prove challenging at first, if you don’t know what you’re looking for or how to encourage such expressivity from a user.

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SF Design Week 2015: A Closer Look at Cooper

Each summer during San Francisco’s Design Week we celebrate our craft with events and open studios. Drop by our studio to share drinks and eats, and explore our space.

What: Cooper’s Open House during AIGA's SF Design Week Studio Crawl

When: Tuesday, June 9th from 6pm-9pm

Where: Cooper’s Studio, 85 2nd St, 8th Floor, San Francisco, CA

RSVP here

On June 9th Cooper is opening it's doors for AIGA's annual Design Week Open Studio Tour. Join us!

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Day 3: Interaction13

Notes, pictures, and recaps from the last day of Interaction15

Catch up with everything that went down on Day 1 and Day 2

Keynote: Design as Language

by Ayah Bdeir 

"The electronics are not the point. Technology is not the point. It’s about the poetry you can make."

Picture by Julie Celia, recap by Shahrzad Samadzadeh

The problem

Electronics are everywhere, yet their language is closed, cryptic, and ugly. We generally don’t know what our electronics are doing, and consider them consumable and disposable, yet we rely on them as a fundamental part of everyday life. This is a strange and dangerous state of things. 

The big shift

Instead of a closed discipline, how can electrical devices become a shared language? This is an extraordinary shift, and LittleBits made it happen by doing the following.

  • Make the language usable and accessible; “It’s not about the technology, it’s what you can do with it."
  • Make the language inviting and coherent, so users feel in control.
  • Define the alphabet, the grammar, and the context, then let users build a community around the new language. 

The outcome

The gap between defined market and one-off individual need is bridged, and users feel empowered to break down barriers and create new interactions in the world. 

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Let's Jam. 

What's a Service Jam?

The Global Service Jam is a 48-hour event that brings people from all backgrounds together to learn new approaches, tools, and methods for designing services. 

This isn’t a watch-and-learn kind of conference, the GSJ participants get their hands dirty, creating services, not slide decks. 

On the evening of the first night, a theme is announced, then for the next 48 hours jammers focus on exploring, iterating, and prototyping new service design ideas. All the Jams share the same starting themes, and publish their local results over a central platform.

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Come join us for the San Francisco edition of the Global Service Jam.

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Day 2: Interaction15

Recaps, updates and information from the annual IxDA conference in San Francisco. 

Keynote: Tim Brown in conversation with Allan Chochinov

"Design is about people being intentional about what they do in the world."

Pictures and recap by Christina Beard and Emily Schwartzman

Here are some of the themes they talked about:

Advice for Designers  

  • Designers need to be sensible, cautious, and look ahead as much as possible. Designers also need to work with nice people. 
  • Our responsibility then is to search out places where we think we can make the most impact.
  • Search out places where you think you can make a difference or are interested in making a difference.
  • If you’re not feeling fulfilled with the problems you’re tackling - you’re probably not solving the right problems for yourself.

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Finalists for the Interaction Awards

We are thrilled that our work with the National Pro Grid League was selected as a Finalist for the Interaction Awards in the category of “Engaging”.

The NPGL is a startup sports league that connected with Cooper in the Spring of 2014 with the goal of building their league with design and technology at its core and envisioning how fans engage with athletes, teams, and “smart” sports leagues.

You can take a peek behind the Cooper curtain and see how we approached this awesome service design challenge in these blog posts about the design challenge and our takeaways.

Now we're just keeping our fingers crossed for the Interaction15 Conference in San Francisco!

We are thrilled that our work with the National Pro Grid League was selected as a Finalist for the Interaction Awards in the category of “Engaging”.The NPGL is a startup sports league that connected with Cooper in the Spring of 2014 with the goal of building their league with design and technology at its core and envisioning how fans engage [...]

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