A community of experts and novices, passionate for learning, networking and quality time. Interaction Design is common ground for design sectors focussing on Services, Strategy, User Experience, Product, and many more. As a part of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), we are fostering exchange amongst designers in Berlin, since 2008.

Design Against Populism

Dear All,

Uncertain times demand concrete action.

Please join us at IxDA Berlin this month, for a workshop which aims to discover what we, as Designers, can do to halt the spread of right wing populism throughout Germany in the lead up to the country’s upcoming election.

Throughout this evening, we will discuss specific skills designers can bring to the table in this heated political debate, how senior members of our community deal with these issues and we’ll even have time to get our hands dirty.

We have prepared a design challenge for you, meaning at this event you won’t be passively listening, but participate alongside others to earn your pizza and beer for the evening. We’ll be whiteboarding, post-it noting and endure scribble madness! - Just don’t say we never ever warned you. As these issues are very real, and time is upon us, we aim to leave the building with a concrete plan of action that we can publish to other Designers around the country.

Don’t lean back and work with us at the workshop.

We’ll have an hour of hand-on group work after some initial lighting talks and topic insights. Afterwards there is as usual, room for discussion, questions and opinions as well as the IxDA Berlin regulars - open mic rounds and job announcements.

Join us for an evening about the future of Germany!

If you aren’t able to make it at 7pm, please join us for some post event drinks and mingling at Bar 3, Weydingerstraße 20, 10178 Berlin, just across the street – here's a map.

See you there,

Thomas, Audrey, Jay and Kathryn

The Design Powerhouse

Dear IxDAb'ties,

The annual IxDA conference Interaction 17 went down in February with all the up and coming trends for 2017. We’ve been in New York for you, and at our next event, together with speakers and attendees of Interaction 17, we are going to share all the important learnings with you!

Our guest speaker Carina Kuhr will tell us insights from the UX Job Title Survey. She'll share their findings about the relationship between job titles, skills and the roles behind, as well as current patterns on that topic.

Sandra Griffel and Melanie Weißenborn, both Interaction 17 speakers and working as Director UX and Senior Information Architect at Denkwerk, are going to talk about The Rise of "Screenless" Interfaces. Melanie and Sandra will explain why screen based thinking has reached its limit, and will share their "Screenless Experience Canvas" with us.

As always, if you want to throw in a lightning talk, job offer or announcement, just let us know upfront. We'll be happy to have you take the stage for a minute or two.

After the event, which will be around 9:30pm, we'll be headed across the waterway to Cafe Wendel for drinks and chats. Everybody is invited to join us there, no registration required. Cafe Wendel is at Schlesische Str. 42, 10997 Berlin, and here's a map.

Join us for great conversations on 2017 design goals - see you there!
Audrey, Jay, Kathryn and Thomas

The Rise of "Screenless" Interfaces

Sandra Griffel, User Experience Design Director, denkwerk
Melanie Weißenborn, Senior Information Architect, denkwerk

Today consumers use their smartphone 5 hours a day on an average. It nearly seems like an artificial appendage. No wonder, that we – as UX designers – are trained, to find an app / mobile service to almost every problem our users are facing. But do we really solve our user’s problems or do we just force them to constantly stare at their phones? – A fast growing number of people feel that the latter is the case.

For the development of digital services, that facilitate more natural and less distracting forms of interaction with technology we created the "breakingtheglass" canvas as part of a comprehensive method for the ideation and development of screenless services and (digital) products. In our session we want to give you brief insight into the topic and our canvas.

Job Titles: The Survey Says...

Carina Kuhr, Senior UX Researcher, Zalando
Jay Kaufmann, UX Lead Talent & Community of Practice, Zalando

Job titles are a challenge for the digital product design crowd. How can UXers describe clearly what we do in as few words as possible? And how can companies improve their job ads to make the target group feel understood and attract UX talent?

It turns out, our field -- and our roles -- are difficult to pin labels onto. Whether it’s cause or effect, we inhabit a confusing and shifting terminology landscape.

Researchers, it turns out, struggle less to be understood. But designers seem to need to turn to storytelling: “Even your tea pot should be sexy. That's my job.”

We share the quotes, stories and results from the UX job title survey that we conducted last fall. Our goal was to see which word combinations bring the best clarity in our field, with its heterogenous nomenclature.

See how well Interaction Design emerges after going to head-to-head with UX, UI and Product Design. Hear the story of our own failure with job titles. Bring your own funny quotes.

About our speakers

Sandra Griffel

As user experience design director at denkwerk Sandra is responsible for the creation and delivery of innovative digital services and products. She is experienced in leading interdisciplinary teams in the delivery of sophisticated insight-led solutions that align key business drivers to user needs. Her track record includes a number of strategic projects for global brands including Condor, OBI, TUI and Deutsche Telekom.

Sandra contributes to local and international UX communities, speak at meet-ups and conferences and writes articles and whitepapers e.g. on contextual commerce and wearables.

Melanie Weißenborn

As a Senior Information Architect at denkwerk Melanie works with enthusiasm towards creating the most valuable user experience in a wide spectrum of digital projects.

Her experience ranges from developing complex e-commerce platforms to taking part in mobile app creation and enhancement. During her career, Melanie worked for global brands such as Deutsche Telekom, Condor and Zwilling J.A. Henckels.

Her current hobbyhorse is the practical use of Brad Frost’s atomic design approach as a tool to specify functionality and interaction behavior in a lean and systematic way.

Carina Kuhr

Carina built up the Agile UX Testing framework, has spurred and supported a range of customer centricity initiatives and recently helped to grow the UX Research Team at Zalando. She screened and interviewed many UX researchers in the last 12 month and shared some resulting insights into the UX of your CV. Her favorite UX research method is the diary study.

Jay Kaufmann

Jay hires UX designers and leaders for Zalando, creates professional development building blocks and executes miscellaneous management minutia like blocking designers’ calendars on Wednesdays so they can work. He wrote “How To Write Inspiring Job Descriptions For UX” for Smashing Magazine.

Epic X-Mas Bash

Design your first x-mas hangover of the season!

String yourselves with glitter and fairy lights and leave those laptops at home, ladies and gentlemen, as we are all going to take the night off for the epic x-mas design event of 2016!

Eight years counting, IxDA Berlin has once again pulled Berlins design community together for one last Hurrah, to get a little bit silly, share a cocktail or three, and put on that Jingle Bells jumper you’ve been dying to wear (which smells like grandma’s mothball collection).

We've got a legendary venue, three DJs, free drinks (until the budget is out) and even more surprises! All this is only possible thanks to our awesome friends & sponsors:

Zalando, AJ & Smart, HERE, Ableton, Futurice, Wiredcraft

Hey, even Secret Santa is coming again this year and we need a gift from you to make it work! Bring along a gift and Santa will swap from one in his sack of goodies! Perhaps a great book you'd like to pass on, cookies & candy (homemade even?), or a present for less than €5 – anything you'd be happy to receive yourself...


Thomas, Kathryn, Jay and Audrey,
...together with our friends at JAM Berlin, UI/UX Berlin, Glug, Berlin UXD, Service Design Berlin and UX Book Club!

Burning Down The House with Mike Monteiro

Dear IxDAb'ites,

John Snow said it best "Winter is coming" and he couldn't have been any more darned right. So, if you're like us, and you want to hibernate the winter away, come join us for some well needed toasty drinks and fire up the discussion with our awesome guest Mike Monteiro!

Mike will not only enjoy drinks alongside us, but as we dive deeper into the evening, he will share his thoughts on being a designer and his take on how we should interact with clients.

As always, if you want to throw in a lightning talk, job offer or announcement, just let us know upfront. We'll be happy to have you take the stage for a minute or two.

After the event, which will be around 10pm, we'll be headed across the waterway to Cafe Wendel for drinks and chats. Everybody is invited to join us there, no registration required. Cafe Wendel is at Schlesische Str. 42, 10997 Berlin, and here's a map.

Bring it on!
Audrey, Jay, Kathryn and Thomas

Burning Down The House with Mike Monteiro

Mike Monteiro, Design Director at Mule Design

About our speakers

Mike Monteiro

Mike Monteiro is the co-founder and design director of Mule Design. He prefers elegant, simple sites with clear language that serve a real need. He prefers that designers have strong spines. Mike writes and speaks frequently about the craft and business of design.

He loves client services so much he wrote two books on the topic, Design is a Job and You're My Favorite Client, both from A Book Apart. Mike received the 2014 Net award for Conference Talk of the Year for his inspirational polemic on responsibility, “How Designers Destroyed the World.”

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An Elevator Ride with Lou Rosenfeld

Press the elevator button. Wait for the signal. Doors slide away. Step inside …and meet none other than an Information Architecture legendary.

Book your calendars for the 2nd of November, as at our very next event, we are stoked to be joined by one of the co-creators of the profession of IA – Mr. Louis Rosenfeld. Lou takes the trip over the pond to join us in person for a very special evening.

During the evening, you will find yourself on this rare elevator ride with Lou, and have the opportunity to ask for his thoughts on IA, design and publishing. But get in early, seize this moment, and send in your upfront questions to be discussed with Lou, using this form. Hint: answer the form to slide away the doors to the link for mandatory registration!

Step into the elevator, lean back over drinks and a delicious bite provided by our superstar location sponsor Zalando, and interact and discuss all the night with our speaker and community!

As always, if you want to throw in a lightning talk, job offer or announcement, just let us know upfront. We'll be happy to have you take the stage for a minute or two.

After the event, which will be something between 9:30 and 10pm, we'll be headed just across the street to the awesome Bar3 for drinks and chats. Everybody is invited to join us there, no registration required. Bar3 is at Weydingerstr. 20, 10178 Berlin, and here's a map.

See you on the top,
Kathryn, Thomas, Audrey and Jay

An Elevator Ride with Lou Rosenfeld

Louis Rosenfeld, Designer, Publisher

This is an all-night Q&A session. Questions that have been submitted upfront will be curated and presented to Lou at the event. Be present, to ask your (additional) question to Lou on stage, in person!

About our speakers

Louis Rosenfeld

Hailed a "Technology Pioneer" of our time, Lou Rosenfeld wears two hats: consulting on information architecture strategy, and managing the popular UX publication house Rosenfeld Media. He has been instrumental in helping establish the fields of information architecture and user experience, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within those fields.

Lou has written several publications, including co-authoring the best-selling book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web and Search Analytics for Your Site. Lou also regularly contributes columns to CIO, Internet World and Web Review magazines, and has written and edited numerous other books, chapters, and scholarly articles. Lou has participated heavily in efforts to coalesce the information architecture community. He is co-founder of the Information Architecture Institute, the sole professional organization of information architects, and of the Information Architecture Summit — the field's annual conference.

Lou has keynoted and taught at dozens of professional and academic events on five continents.

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Design for Good

Dear everybody,

IxDA Berlin is back after a well needed summer holiday! Uhm… two words (“after”, “Summer”) in scary context. It’s the rise of the dark half of the year!! Well…

Fear not! Let’s shed light on stuff that really matters!

At this next event, we are focussing on how to use our skills for social impact. We are very pleased to be joined by N3xtcoder as well as Mr. Clive K. Lavery, who will be discussing how we can make a change as designers within our profession.

As with all activities of IxDA, we aim to gather the community of interaction designers and all others interested in the field to mingle, learn from each other and push hot topics forward. During the night, we will hang out, listen to awesome speakers, have time to ask questions, and maybe even find a new job opportunity.

So come along, socialize, and grab a delicious bite and free drinks - brought to you by our awesome sponsor Zalando!

Awaiting your social impact to the event. See you there!

Kathryn, Thomas, Jay and Audrey

Being a Digital Do-Gooder

Clive K. Lavery, Freelance UX Person

As digital designers we are constantly being told that we have the power to change the world.

But other than repeating this over and over again in our comfortable bubble of tech meetups, conferences or self centred documentaries how many of us actually use our perceived super powers for something more than making rich companies richer, selling more shoes online or creating something like "Uber for coat hangers"?

In my talk I will look at examples of applied digital do-goodism and discuss some strategies for how we can use our skills for social good. Slides may contain traces of half baked philosophy, social romanticism, self guilt and hopefully inspiration.

Clives Slidedeck is up on Slideshare

How to develop meaningful digital products?

Simon Stegemann, N3xtcoder

With more than 7 billion people on the planet we are living in a time of rapid change that bears tremendous opportunities, but also increasing risks. More than 3.5 billion people have access to the internet and rapidly advancing technologies fundamentally change the way we interact and connect with each other.

Nevertheless, we have mostly failed to use the full potential of these innovative technologies to solve society’s most pressing needs.

In my talk we learn how breakthrough technologies can tackle and solve exceptionally fast growing social problems globally. I will take a closer look at Ipso, the International Psychosocial Organisation that provide counseling to people from war affected countries to showcase and analyze success factors to create digital products that matter.

About our speakers

Clive K. Lavery

Clive is a Freelance UX Person with a focus on research, strategy and design based in Berlin where he also co-organises the annual UXcamp Europe and local UX Book Club.

He has more than 10 years of experience helping various agencies and in-house teams to make their users and clients happy and particularly enjoys working in collaborative environments with as much fun and little ego as possible.

A self-proclaimed Digital Do-Gooder he is also constantly looking for ways to use his experience for social good and as the son of a German mother and an English father he is also very good at being annoyingly pedantic while drinking large amounts of tea.

Simon Stegemann

Simon Stegemann is the Co-Founder of N3XTCODER, a digital agency, specialized in designing education programs and services that create social impact at scale. N3XTCODER sets a focus on how breakthrough technologies can tackle exceptionally fast growing social problems globally.

Simon studied business & arts at Alanus University; a dual degree program with the credo "to rethink economy" developed by dm-drogerie markt founder Götz Werner, Alnatura founder Götz Rehn, and many more value driven companies. After his studies he started to work at The Grameen Creative Lab founded by serial entrepreneur Hans Reitz and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Simons tech expertise builds on working at the digital agency edicos global where he developed websites and digital strategies for large corporations in the pharmaceutical industry. The past three years he helped to build up the team and develop partnerships as Business Development Manager and Head of Sales at the fin-tech startup paij. With N3XTCODER he wants to disrupt the social sector in order to create social impact at scale.

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IxDA Berlin SUMMER BBQ together with functionalaesthetics, Betahaus & Tech Open Air

It's BBQ time!

IxDAb is bursting into Summer this year alongside our friends at functionalaesthetics and Tech Open Air at one of our favourite hangouts, Betahaus. So come along for some great tunes, tasty food and wonderful selection of drinks to say cheers to the accomplishments we’ve made together, and great weather. If you’re lucky, we’ll make you a cocktail ourselves. We can discuss design, summer plans and what we at IxDA have in store for you for the remainder of the year. It will be low key, and everyone is welcome!

Eager to go to Tech Open Air - for free?

We want to show how much we love you all. This year, IxDA Berlin is giving away tickets to TOA for two of our beloved IxDAb’ites. To enter, sign up for our BBQ and send a tweet to us why you want to go to TOA this year. Winners will be announced via Twitter no later than Monday, July 11, 6pm.

We will see you at the party, drink and bite in hand!

Audrey, Jay, Thomas and Kathryn

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East meets West

Hey everybody,

IxDA Berlin is back! The topic for our next meeting is „East meets West“ and it is about technology, culture, yesterday, today - and tomorrow.

We are very pleased to be joined by Yang Liu, who is an award-winning designer, born in Beijing and now a professor and head of the department of communications design at the Berlin Technical Art University. Our second speaker is Silvia Lindtner, who is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan. Silvia’s research and teaching interests include transnational networks of innovation and entrepreneurship culture, making and hacking, science and technology studies in China, as well as internet and digital cultures.

As all activities of IxDA we aim to gather the community of interaction designers and all others interested in the field to mingle, learn from each other and push hot topics forward. Hang out, listen to awesome speakers, ask all your questions, and maybe even find a new job opportunity.

But definitely have fun, grab a delicious bite and a free drink (or three) - brought to you by our awesome sponsor Zalando!

We can’t wait to see and chat with you - see you there!

Thomas, Audrey, Kathryn and Jay

Cultural Differences

Yang Liu, Designer and Professor at Berlin Technical Art University

As we dig into the past, we can see that the foundations of art, history and language have played a large role in cultural differences within societies around the world.

As we move around the world from east to west, these cultural differences become a pillar of which each society bases much of their culture on. Gender, culture and time are all factors that play into how social differences are percieved and played out in design today, so how can we all work and design together?

Hacking China: Making as Entrepreneurial Life

Silvia Lindtner, University of Michigan

In this talk, drawing from ethnographic research spanning more than six years, Lindtner traces how a grassroots movement morphed within only five years into a high-stake sociopolitical project aimed at “hacking China”, i.e. opening up supply chains, revamping modes of industrial production for entrepreneurial intervention, and training workforces as creative and flexible knowledge workers.

She examines how the project of hacking China was propelled forward through a transnational imaginary that depicts making as ideally situated to address the pitfalls of the knowledge economy.

Contributing to a line of research invested in the cultural politics of design, global innovation discourse and technology production, Lindtner unpacks how making came to be seen as an intervention into the pitfalls of neoliberal governance by simultaneously critiquing and extending its very logic of self-reliance to include ever more diverse populations.

About our speakers

Yang Liu

Yang Liu was born in 1976 in Beijing. After studying at the University of Arts Berlin (UdK), she worked as a designer in Singapore, London, Berlin, and New York. In 2004 she founded her own design studio, which she continues to run today. In addition to holding workshops and lectures at international conferences, she has taught at numerous universities in Germany and abroad. In 2010 she was appointed a professor at the BTK University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Her works have won numerous prizes in international competitions and can be found in museums and collections all over the world. Yang Liu lives and works in Berlin.

Silvia Lindtner

Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include transnational networks of innovation and entrepreneurship culture, DIY (do it yourself) making and hacking, science and technology studies in China, and Internet and digital cultures. She is currently writing a book on the culture and politics of “making” and transnational entrepreneurship in urban China. Her research has been awarded support from the US National Science Foundation, IMLS, Intel Labs, Google Anita Borg, and the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation. Her work has appeared at ACM SIGCHI, ACM CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing), ST&HV (Science Technology & Human Values), Games & Culture, China Information, and other venues.

Lindtner is affiliated with several interdisciplinary centers and initiatives on campus including the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Science, Technology and Society Program and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Research Group, and directs the Tech.Culture.Matters. Research Group. Together with Professor Anna Greenspan and David Li, Lindtner co-directs the Research Initiative Hacked Matter, dedicated to critically investigating processes of technology innovation, urban redesign, and maker-manufacturing cultures in China.

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