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