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:
It's time to celebrate our achievements as interaction designers. It's
time for us demonstrate that the work we do is impactful, it's
everywhere and it is absolutely necessary in designing the best
products, systems and services. IxDA is proud to have added the
Interaction Awards as a new platform for us to celebrate our discipline,
and reflect amazing work back out beyond our communities to the broader
design and business communities.
I encourage you to take pride in the work you've done and submit it
for consideration to the IxDA Interaction Awards. Encourage your
colleagues. Encourage your design communities. Here's your chance to
shine a global light on the good work happening in your area of the
world. We're extending the deadline until September 22, so you have few
weeks to submit your work! Please enter the awards by Thursday,
Since the launch of the Interaction Awards last week, a few people have asked us why there are fees for entry, and where all of that money goes. The answer is simple: the entry fees are in place to fund the Awards program itself, and to create a new platform within IxDA for recognizing tangible examples of design excellence.
The scope of the Interaction Awards is ambitious. The impact of our growing field is wide and diverse, and it is our mission to reach beyond our community to demonstrate the value of interaction design within the global economy. Creating this conversation on an international scale requires commitment, logistics, infrastructure, and, well, travel. It’s these things, and hopefully a lot more, that your entry fees will support.
We’re very excited to open the inaugural Interaction Awards for entry, as announced in Fast Company this morning. We created the awards to celebrate excellence in our field, and to encourage the global interaction design community to share our work. The 2012 Awards will start a dialogue, inspire designers and businesses alike, raise the profile of interaction design, and demonstrate its value in the global economy. Any projects completed within the past two years are eligible, so please submit your past projects and tell all of your friends. Reflecting the diversity of the global IxDA community, entry fees are tiered according to your geography and professional status. Prizes will be awarded to professionals and students alike, for production and concept work within six interaction categories.
There are several opportunities for talented and motivated community members to be a part of the planning committee. All Interaction Award committee members get a free registration to Interaction 12 in Dublin.
Today, the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) announced the launch of the IxDA Interaction Awards, a first-of-its-kind awards program dedicated to celebrating global excellence in the discipline of Interaction Design.