Each summer during San Francisco’s Design Week we celebrate our craft with events and open studios. This year Cooper is especially excited to open its doors and welcome friends and colleagues to share drinks and eats, and explore our space.
Gettin’ Bizzy with Pair Design
I went to SxSW Interactive to give a next-version talk about Pair Design with fellow Cooperista Suzy Thompson. It was much improved from the first draft, which was delivered in Amsterdam earlier this year at Interaction14, and the audience was a smart group of deeply engaged designers. (Shouts out to everyone who attended.)
The De-Intellectualization of Design
Sketchnote by @ChrisNoessel
The De-Intellectualization of Design Big Idea:
Daniel Rosenberg, one of the old guard of Human-Computer Interaction, bemoaned the loss of a computer-science heavy approach to interaction design. He then shared his three-part antidote: Industry certification, employing Chief Design Officers, and better design education (read: computer and cognitive-science based). Guess which one of these was the audience’s “favorite”?
The big question of certification: Who will certify the certifiers? #ixd14
— Jared Spool (@jmspool) February 7, 2014
Full description of The De-Intellectualization of Design here.
An excellent counterpoint to Dan’s observation was Irene Au’s early-morning mindfulness talk.
and is there any peanut butter with the jam?
No, this is not that kind of jam. Think of a music jam, but instead of feeding off each other’s instruments to come up with interesting songs, we will feed off of each other’s ideas to come up with creative service solutions.
This year, Cooper is excited to host the SF Service Jam, March 7-9.
Are your products failing to resonate with users? Too many features creating bloat? Many of today’s products are driven by spreadsheets, technology constraints, and feature lists. They leave frustrated customers wanting more.
We believe a better approach to design focuses on the human needs first and technology second.
In Cooper’s Interaction Design training, we can help you envision, plan, and build products and services that are financially viable, technically feasible, and that your customers will love.
Beginning this December, Cooper is bringing our experience-based, hands-on training to sites around the world.
Where will we be going?
December 3-6 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 2014 in Berlin, Germany (If you want to be the first to know when we announce the dates, add you name here)
Most software projects are built around the question “What are we going to do next?” But occasionally we’re asked to think farther out. Projects focused on the 5-10 year range are more about “Where are we headed?” and “What’s going to inspire people?” These are different questions to ask, and answering them changes the usual process of interaction design.
I’ve been thinking about these things for a while, and while at the MobX conference in Berlin I conducted a workshop where a group of 16 designers and strategists took a look at how you answer these questions.
So…how do you do it? The core of the matter is to understand what’s going to be different in the future you’re designing for.
These kinds of projects are less about “What’s next?” and more about “Where are we headed?” and “What’s going to inspire people?”
During our October Parlor, a packed room enjoyed presentations by Richard Bullwinkle, Head of US Television Innovation at Samsung, and Jeremy Toeman, CEO of the startup Dijit Media. In this edited, hour-long video, you will be guided through trends in media consumption, technological advances, and the evolution of show content and format, towards predictions of what is coming next in the realm of television and design.
“TV in the future will be any screen any location, holographic, 3D.” — Jeremy Toeman
From Richard Bullwinkle, you’ll find out what the highest rated TV episode in history is, and hear about “a seminal moment in television for nerds.” Jeremy Toeman shares what the viewing habits of children can tell us about our future, and ponders the pros and cons of “binge viewing,” now that downloaded series are available.
During the highlights from the brainstorming workshop that follows the two presentations, you’ll see brief excerpts from the teams’ presentations as they approach design problems in the TV domain such as accommodating family viewing with different needs and customizing cable services to individual desires and habits.
For more on this Parlor event visit our Storify page here
- The #1 device for watching Netflix (not what you’d expect)
- Why over 90 percent of all TV viewers use a second screen while watching TV
- The lifecycle of a TV
- What we’ll be viewing shows on in 3 years
What is the Cooper Parlor?
The Cooper Parlor is a gathering of designers and design-minded people to exchange ideas around a specific topic. We aim to cultivate conversation that instigates, surprises, entertains, and most importantly, broadens our community’s collective knowledge and perspective about the potential for design.
Join us for the next Cooper Parlor – Thursday, November 14 for a workshop on how to design your professional relationships. More details and registration here.
As co-chair of the 2014 IxDA Student Design Challenge with Dianna Miller, I recently had the pleasure of announcing this year’s theme, “Information for Life,”sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Now in its fifth year, the IxDA Student Design Challenge (SDC) will run during the Interaction14 conference in Amsterdam, February 5-8, 2014. The competition brings together exceptional undergraduate and graduate students for both critical thinking and hands-on experiences over the course of the conference. Here, students have the opportunity to present their work in a way that shows, rather than tells, and it’s also a terrific venue for students to connect with colleagues, potential employers, funders, or new networks.
And I speak from experience — this competition holds a special place in my heart as I was a participant myself just a few years ago, in 2011.
In service of spreading design awareness and education, Cooper U is bringing its foundational training in Interaction Design to Philadelphia on December 3-6 to cap off a great 2013. Throughout the year we’ve received many requests from our design peers to bring our training east, so when we had the opportunity to add another class to the schedule, we thought Philadelphia would be the perfect location.
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