Title: Smart Objects: Bringing things to life through code, form and electronics
When: Friday, April 12th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: Georgia Tech Clough Building Room 152
Description: We live in a time when our everyday products have just begun to become enchanted. Even things as seemingly mundane as coffee makers and toothbrushes can sing, glow, buzz and pose in ways that make us smile, gasp, get annoyed, or otherwise feel the temptation to relate to them with emotion, as if they are somehow alive. When well-designed, animated objects have the potential to tug at our heartstrings, making us feel connected, engaged and, ultimately, understood. In this talk, Carla will share a range case studies including products, interactive installations and digital experiences that use dynamic behaviors to give objects personality and build an emotional connection with the people who use them.
Carla Diana enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. She is a big believer in continuous tinkering and 2011 she founded the Smart Interaction Lab at Smart Design, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of hacking and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and presence and awareness. In 2010 she took her studio on the road as one of MAD Museum’s Open Studio Artists in Residence where her creations were open for public viewing.
Carla holds an MFA in Design from Cranbrook and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union. From 2002 to 2007 she was Professor of Interactive Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she co-wrote the College’s first Interactive Design program and developed Physical Computing courses. From 2007 to 2008 she was Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology and currently teaches courses about product interaction design and smart objects at SVA and U. Penn. She has written for several publications including Fast Company’s CO. Design, Interactions, Core77, The AIGA Journal, and Good Housekeeping. Her recent article entitled, "Our Walking, Talking Objects" was the feature story for the New York Times Sunday Review on January 26.