Criticism, Space and the “Why” of Design
Are you curious about the next dimension of interaction design? Eager to discuss the way we discuss design with a true veteran of the trade? At our next event, we’ll have access to the stage doors of Interaction 18, the industry event of the year, and we come to you full of inspiration and learnings after a week of deep thoughts on interaction design.
We are stoked to present two outstanding speakers from Interaction 18 to you at this #IxD18 Redux: Khoi Vinh, named one of "the 50 Most Influential Designers in America", and Sjors Timmer, a well seasoned designer and speaker now living in Berlin, will join us in giving you the low down from Interaction Week.
If you aren’t able to make it at 7pm, please join us as usual, for some post event drinks and mingling at Café Wendel, Schlesische Str. 42, 10997 Berlin, just across the Spree – here's a map.
Space as a medium for interaction designSjors Timmer, Senior Interaction Designer
In the past 50 years computers have infiltrated the work environment to the point where there’s hardly a job left where they are not used. In the process, however, a rich continuum of understanding the world through sound, touch, spatial interactions has been flattened to pictures behind glass that are either manipulated through mice or touch interactions.
New technical developments such as augmented reality and spatial computing offer the opportunity to rethink how we can incorporate our body in knowledge work. To do this successfully we have to let go of design concepts that have been developed for a world of flat screens and start over with designing for digital spatial interactions.
Building on the work of Paul Dourish on embodied interaction design and David Kirsh on the use of space for cognitively demanding tasks Sjors will discuss a framework for thinking about and designing for spatial interactions.
Thinking critically about design and criticismKhoi Vinh, Principal Designer at Adobe
Thoughtful criticism of the work that designers do is limiting us on many levels.
As design continues to gain traction in business and culture, its utter lack of critical discourse becomes more and more glaring. We are adept at discussing the “how” of design, but our inability to discuss the “why” continues to hobble the profession’s further evolution.
In this lively, down-to-earth talk, Adobe Principal Designer Khoi Vinh, a veteran of design’s transformation into a key element of modern business over the past two decades, looks at the gaps in how we discuss and think about design, explains why criticism is so important to the future of our craft, and proposes ways forward to correct the situation.
About our speakers
Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer is a senior interaction designer living in Berlin. He specialises in helping large companies and organisations with complex needs to create simple, understandable digital services. Sjors has worked for Specsavers, Zopa, Farfetch, London School of Economics and the UK Ministry of Justice.
He is interested in placing interaction design within a wider historical and philosophical context. In London Sjors has organised several meetups of the Design History Reading Club, where they read their way through classic papers that foreshadowed interaction design. He has done talks on time as design element at Euro IA and how hermeneutics can help us understand our relation to the past, at UX Brighton.