Posts Tagged ‘Interaction Design’

CIID Final Project: Echo

September 10, 2009

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Echo, is my final year project at CIID. I have now updated my portfolio and you can see my final designs, videos and get an insight into my process for my final project. A massive thank you to everyone that helped me along the way, especially to my adviser Heather Martin. It was a great 3 months!

View Project here.

Updated Final Project Document

August 6, 2009

Updated process document of my final project…overview of what i’ve done!!

Product Design 05

June 3, 2009

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Its been two years since i graduated from studying product design and the time has flown by! Last night i was looking at this years product design degree show website at Dundee and i was super impressed. The course is only five years old but i am amazed how much it has matured even since i graduated. This years projects are a mix of interaction design, design around sustainability, service design and more classic industrial design as well. Once thing i love about all the ideas and the philosophy of the course is that it is not about presenting ideas of what a product might be, or building a technical prototype of how a product might work its about using the skills to respond to people’s needs and design products that are thoughtful, well crafted and are fully working to provide the user experience that the end product would. This year they have done a great job at using new technology in a very  playful and subtle way. I think all of the projects are really great but one that caught my  eye is the doorbell project by Mike Skene.

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“Taking initial inspiration from percussion, the action of striking of one body against another and a persons ability to interact with their surroundings through their sense of touch, “Doorbell” is an original take on a well known device providing a unique, evocative user experience that is sure to bring a smile to your face when heard for the first time.

Made up of 13 hand tuned aluminum chimes housed in a sycamore frame, the Doorbells contemporary design and appealing sound is a welcome change to the standard functions of a doorbell

Using an application such as iTunes users can even download new ring tones in seconds straight to their Doorbell. As well as this the chimes themselves are interchangeable and can be ordered both individually or in octave sets”

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Picture 8Working prototypes

You can view more of Mikes process on his blog and the rest of the projects here.

June 3, 2009

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For the past few weeks i have been trying to finish off my new portfolio website with the aim to start applying for internships and jobs for after CIID! i still have a few tweaks to make, but if you have any advice or feedback please let me know! You can see it here.

Behaviour is our medium..

April 26, 2009

After posting the presentation that Robert Fabricant (Frog Design) presented at Vancouver IxDAKevin pointed me in the direction of the live presentation below. It is a great watch and especially very inspiring for me as he talks about a lot of things i hope to be focusing on for my thesis. As interaction designers he see’s us as people with the ability to change people’s behaviours if you give them the right platform and inspiration to do so. The challenge is designing something that allows them to do so, how can you design something that will show us our daily behaviour, but on an emotional level, not just showing a graph on a screen of how much energy we are using or how much money we have spent, how do you create something that will actually inspire us to make those changes. What he is saying is very related to the emerging field of personal informatics, which is what i will be focusing on for the next 3/4 months at CIID, but working in the specific context of how people balance their lives, depending on what is important to them.

    What is interaction design?

    April 20, 2009
    At CIID we are currently thinking about what we believe Interaction Design to be, and how do we communicate this to the outside world. Here is an interesting presentaion from Frog Design at Vancouver IxDA where they state that “interaction design is not about computing technology” Some more background information on the presentation can be found here. Via Choosenick

    Ezio Manzini@CIID

    March 8, 2009


    On thursday we received an inspiring lecture at CIID from Ezio Manzini talking about the future of our economy. Here are some notes…hopefully i might be able to make it a little more coherent and readable if i get some time this week!

    • Things are changing, we are living in a time where we have a crisis on our hands. It is not going to pass, things are going to change, and we cannot predict the future. Therefor we need to understand how we can behave, and understand as designers how we can help and contribute. “THE FUTURE IS NOW”
    • “Next design” is looking beyond the crisis to an age of networks and sustainability. There are two strategies…..
    • Strategy 1:Sustain the old economy, an industrial model that was based on consumption goods, and keep producing more and more consumer products. But this could make things worse…Do not use the crisis to start a new basis, nothing can continue to grow and develop in a limited system.
    • Strategy 2: Promote a new economy that uses services and systems to create sustainable well-being…this is an asset for a sustainable future.
    • This next economy that can be centered around services and systems can be divided into 3. GREEN, SOCIAL and NETWORK economies.
    • GREEN economy=ecological re-orientation, highly eco- efficient systems for sustainable use of energy, water and food etc.
    • SOCIAL economy=social re-orientation, new services for social demands and social cohesion
    • NETWORK economy=organizational re-orientation, distributed systems, producers, networks and collaborative services.
    • The biggest challenge though is to understand what the new ‘products’ will be from the result of this new economy.
    • Potential products from this economy change: Renewable energy systems, better mobility services, social housing, community services, education improvement=RESULT ORIENTATED, SOCIO-TECHNICAL SYSTEMS.
    • These ‘products’ can be achieved through highly customerised, user focused solutions….networks of people, products, places and service orientated systems that will bring value to people.
    • To create these complex systems we need to understand and apply interaction design

    Interaction design in Copenhagen

    March 1, 2009


    Great news came on Friday that CIID have launched their application process for next year!!!

    “The interaction design program teaches students to apply technology to everyday life, through the design of software, products, and services. We believe in a hands-on and user-centered approach to interaction design. Students learn the programming and electronics skills needed to work with technology as a design medium. They conduct user-research and experience prototyping to provide real-world grounding for their concepts. Frequent work in multi-disciplinary teams encourages peer-to-peer learning. A diverse selection of visiting faculty exposes students to a range of expertise.

    Next year’s interaction design programme builds on the structure of the pilot year. The twelve month programme is divided into three tiers: foundations, investigations, and the thesis. The foundations are short workshops that provides students with the skills they need throughout the year. The investigations give students the opportunity to pursue in-depth projects around a particular design brief. The thesis provides students with an opportunity to explore an area of their choosing, combining design work with reflection and knowledge generation. Additionally, students will participate in innovation projects: collaborations with industry on briefs of mutual interest.

    As an education concerned with the broad potential of design and technology, the interaction design programme is looking for a wide diversity of students. We welcome applicants from all over the world and from any background. You should be curious and creative; enthusiastic about design and working in a cross-disciplinary environment. Whether you’re currently studying or working, you should be interested in the connections between education and interaction design practice. As this is a new programme, we’re seeking students with an interest in helping to shape the education and curriculum. We plan to have a class of approximately 25 students”

    I may be a little bias but if you want to study interaction design this is the place to be, the course is awesome, the faculty are unreal and the energy between everyone is great! It is by far one of the best decisions i ever made! If you want to see more about the sort of projects you would be working on check out our microsite.

    150 days of learning at CIID

    February 12, 2009

    Today and tomorrow  midway reviews for the CIID pilot year are happening! and it just so happened that it has been 150 days to the day since we started at CIID! The key aim for our individual presentations was to reflect on our learning curve on the pilot year……our presentations were designed in such a way that we hoped to raise questions and discussion with our examiners who were Simona Maschi CIID founder, course director, and all round super star! Joachim Sauter founder of art+com , Martin Frey an interaction designer at Ideo (Munich) and David Mellis (CIID)

    The day was filled with reflection, learning and feedback. It was great to hear an objective view on our work and our approach from our external examiners (Joachim and Martin) and i especially enjoyed listening to everyone else’s presentation, to hear what have been their high points, low points and key learnings for them on their personal CIID journey. This is what i presented, plus a few video’s to help tell my story (previously posted specific to projects)

    CIID pilot year microsites go live!

    February 3, 2009

    For the past 6 months 21 students from around the world have been studying on the Interaction Design Pilot year, at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). During this time we have taken part in 10 workshops, ranging from user research with the elderly, to design theory, to physical computing to graphical and tangible user interfaces. All our projects have now been documented to date and is available to see at

    picture-1The school will be announcing it’s application process for September 2009 in the next few weeks. If you know of anyone who might be interested in applying please let them know.