Three weeks ago the inaugural Interaction Awards Jury met in New York City to review all of the shortlisted entries and choose the best examples of interaction design for 2012. It was a daunting task, but our amazing Jury was up to the challenge.
Great news! We’ve finalized the shortlist of entries in consideration for the 2012 Interaction Awards. The following projects will be evaluated by our esteemed international Jury Panel when they convene in New York City on November 12 & 13.
For the sixth profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury,
we've interviewed IxDA President Janna DeVylder. Janna is a founder and principal at Meld Studios, an interaction and service design firm in Sydney, Australia. With extensive experience as a designer and researcher in the US and Australia, Janna has led design teams and large-scale projects for higher education, government, financial services, publishing and travel organisations. Janna also serves as the President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), where she is dedicated to advancing the discipline of interaction design by bringing together the global interaction design community online, at the annual Interaction conference, at the inaugural Interaction Awards and at local groups in over 100 cities around the world.
We asked Janna two questions, and here's what she had to say:
1- What is your favorite product, digital or otherwise, to use, and why?
I could never pick just one - it would have to be my iPhone (which is my alarm, book, bus schedule, camera, newspaper and connector) and my Moleskine notebook, which allows me to clear my head so I can move about the day with more focus. Ultimately, both are products that augment my ability to be present.
2. What excites you about being a designer & why do you keep doing it?
One day while out walking, my five-year-old decided to put on his jacket. As he stopped to zip it up, he said, "They designed this really well!" When I asked him why he said that, he said, "Because they made it really easy for little kids to zip up." This excites me - to be in a time where we can have a more broad awareness and appreciation for the impact products, systems and services have on our lives, and in turn we can expect, and even demand, thoughtful design. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can see my work impact and transform how people live and work, for the better.
For the fifth profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've interviewed Italian interaction designer Massimo Banzi. Massimo is the co-founder of the Arduino project. He has
worked as a consultant for clients such as: Prada, Artemide, Persol,
Whirlpool, V&A Museum and Adidas. He spent 4 years at the
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea as Associate Professor. Massimo has
taught workshops and has been a guest speaker at institutions like
Medialab Madrid, ARS Electronica Linz, and Doors of Perception
Amsterdam. Before joining IDII he was CTO for the Seat Ventures
incubator. He spent many years working as a software architect, both in
Milan and London, on projects for clients like Italia Online, Sapient,
Labour Party, BT, and boo.com.
We asked Massimo two questions, and here's what he had to say:
For the fourth profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've interviewed New York City-based juror Helen Walters. Helen is a writer, editor and researcher at innovation
consultancy Doblin, part of the Monitor Group. A journalist with experience editing and publishing content across
multiple platforms, Helen was previously the editor of innovation and
design at Bloomberg Businessweek. She is contributing editor at
Creative Review magazine in the United Kingdom while she writes about
creativity and design for numerous international publications, including
Core77, Design Observer and Fast Company. She curates the website, thoughtyoushouldseethis.com and is the author of a number of design-related books.
We asked Helen two questions, and here's what she had to say:
The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) today announces that Google will be the founding sponsor of the inaugural Interaction Awards and the Diamond Sponsor of the Interaction 12 Conference in Dublin, Ireland in February 2012. This partnership with IxDA demonstrates Google’s commitment to excellence in interaction design and their support of the global interaction design community. Their support further underscores the importance of the interaction design discipline inside of Google and demand for interaction design talent throughout the world.
“Interaction design is at the heart of Google’s mission to make sure our users have the very best experiences we can provide,” said Irene Au, Director of User Experience at Google. “Supporting these initiatives is important to Google, and we’re thrilled to be among the first companies celebrating and supporting IxDA’s international efforts.”
For the third profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've talked to London-based designer Matt Jones. Matt has been designing digital products and services since 1995. Creative director for the launch of BBC News Online, he co-founded and designed Dopplr.com, a service for frequent travellers since sold to Nokia. Between 2003-2005, he worked at Nokia on areas as diverse as tangible/ physical interfaces and the human experience of play. He is now Principal at BERG, a design and invention company in London. He originally studied Architecture, has written on interaction design, amongst other things, for 10 years at magicalnihilism.com and teaches on the Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art.
For the second profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've talked to Design Researcher Younghee Jung. Younghee is leading the NokiaResearch Center in Bangalore, India. Her research centers on the social potential of mobile technology and behavioral change. Over the last decade, she has managed and created interdisciplinary teams of insight, design and innovation in Helsinki, Tokyo and London. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Design at KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and M.A. in Interaction
Design at Carnegie Mellon University as Fulbright Scholar. Her current work focuses on basic enablers of mobile technology use for growth markets, suitable for the local culture and its potentials.
We asked Younghee two questions, and here's what she had to say:
The Interaction Awards is honored to have the support and participation of an international panel of expert jurors, and we'd like to introduce them to you. For the first in our series of jury profiles, we spoke with Interaction|12 Keynote speaker Jonas Löwgren.
Jonas Löwgren is professor of interaction design and co-founder at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden. He specializes in cross-media products, interactive visualization and the design theory of digital materials. Jonas has taught interaction design in university courses and in companies since the early 1990’s and initiated the influential two-year master’s program in interaction design at Malmö University in 1998. He has published some 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and three books, including Thoughtful Interaction Design. His design portfolio comprises some 50 projects from explorative research and professional contexts.
We asked Jonas two questions and here's what he had to say: