[ID London Meet] 01: "Language!"

19 Mar 2004 - 7:59am
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CD Evans



You are invited to the first London face to face meeting of Interaction =20=

Designers as defined by interactiondesigners.com. Please RSVP your name =20=

via clifton at infostyling.com. The theme of the event is "Language!". We =20=

will revisit themes discussed on the [ID-Discuss] list. Here's the =20
flyer for the event:


We will be meeting in the Creative Space at Bush House BBC in London.

The event is scheduled for 6.00Pm - 7.30Pm for Monday 22nd March. =20
(don't be tardy)

PART 1//

Interaction Design is Language Design
by Marc Rettig (bio below)
"I recently gave this talk at Interaction Design Institute =20
Ivrea. It argues that when we do interaction design, we are creating =20
the language which people will need to use if they want to converse =20
with a product. This isn't a metaphor, it's really what's going on. =20
Building on this linguistic point of view, I suggest how this might =20
effect our process and tools."

Case Study: product strategy and interaction design for medical software
This short case study (a version of it was published in the last DUX =20
proceedings) describes how a small team translated hasty user research =20=

into the
design for a commercial software product for use in hospitals. Emphasis =20=

on tools, techniques, tradeoffs, facilitation and communication.

PART 2//

Thread Discussion
We will also have a real-world discussion on the recent language =20
oriented topic which was discussed on the ID list in the following =20
threads: "Role of IxD in Open Source" and "OSD (Open Source Design)". =20=

We're going to talk about how we may be able to distribute Pattern =20
Languages, Design Patterns or Design Code.

Is this for the benefit of the community or is it impossible? Here's a =20=

few quotes to stir the discussion idea pot:

"It's not practical to share guess work. Consider that design is =
also a process of revision that has a eureka moment. This is different =20=

then the programmer=92s a-ha after finding the snag in complicated hours =
of code." ~ Christian Simon

"For five or so years now, I've been wanting to start an Open =20=

Source Design style sort of project. I think it is possible, and =20
something that would help the field in so many ways for legitimacy, =20
standards setting, and education for everyone who participated." ~ =20
Andrei Herasimchuk

"Typically whoever starts a project can decide what they accept. =
If I were to start an open source project I could decide that the =20
"official" version would be that which I approved. I could accept =20
changes from whoever I chose, with whatever criteria." ~ Pete Bagnall

"Yes! This is EXACTLY the kind of thing I had in mind when I =20
started writing down UI patterns, back in 1997: to offer an open, =20
flexible collection of design "modules" for designers and non-designers =20=

to use. No, they won't guarantee a good design, since design is a =20
holistic and context-dependent activity, but it's a start." ~ Jenifer =20=


That should be enough of a topic starter. We'll have quotes printed out =20=

at the meeting, so feel free bring your own. We hope you can make it!

Please Rsvp Clifton via clifton at infostyling.com to confirm your =20

Thank you kindly
CD Evans: clifton at infostyling.com
Priya Prakash: priya.prakash at bbc.co.uk

Marc Rettig - BIO
Marc is currently doing business as principal of Marc Rettig =20
Interaction, a loose confederation of experienced design and technology =20=

professionals. He consults in customer research, product strategy, and =20=

interaction and interface design to such clients as BBC, the U.S. Army, =20=

Crate and Barrel, Cisco and Microsoft, as well as start-ups. Marc also =20=

teaches interaction design -- most recently he completed a term as the =20=

2003 Nierenberg Chair of Design in the Graduate School of Design at =20
Carnegie Mellon University.

Marc has held influential roles in corporate, academic, editorial, and =20=

start-up efforts. As Chief Experience Officer of HannaHodge, he was =20
responsible for the firm's user-centered process, team culture, and =20
research initiatives. Prior to HannaHodge he was a Director of User =20
Experience at Cambridge Technology Partners.

As a consultant for seeSpace, Marc conducted behavioral research and =20
worked on product strategies for DiamondCluster and Texas Instruments. =20=

As principal conceptual designer of products for dka, a Chicago-based =20=

web start-up, he invented numerous interface and product concepts for =20=

web publishing. In the early-to-mid 1990's, Marc was a Senior Architect =20=

in Andersen Consulting's Advanced Technologies Group.

His "almost up to date" CV is here:

Marc's publication list is here:


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