FW: ADMIN: Topics (was RE: Issues raised at London meet)
23 Mar 2004 - 8:57pm
hey there folks,
sorry I didn't jump on this earlier today. I should have. The topics that
david raised are all good ones.
If the topics were meant to be specific to the londoners I suggest that the
people who led the london discussion have another less formal face 2 face as
follow up for IxDers who are interested in meeting again in London to talk
about those issues.
If the topic was meant for a wider international discussion, this list is
not the appropriate place for this discussion. Organizing and the issues
around that are for the workgroup list.
David and anyone else who want to join the more than 60+ people who are on
this list. This topic would be a great sparker on that list.
As explanation, we created the workgroup list as just this sort of forum
because many on this list did not want to discuss the banal side of creating
an organization or defining what IxD is or isn't. I think the success of
this list has shown this was the right decision.
I think that criticizing an event like the one in London can be a
constructive endeavor, I suggest though that in this open forum it might not
be the wisest spot. Please send your thoughs as Kevin said he was already
going to do to the organizers of the event or to info at interactiondesigners.com and it will get to them.
I love that we are pushing this organization forward and very excited about
all the face 2 face movement going on. NYC, London, and watch out for more
in the US and abroad in the coming months.
I'm not sure this is the best place to have the discussion as there are
plenty of non-londoners on the list but I can't think of a better place so
1) I'm interested in all forms of interaction. Washing machines,
software, cars, robots, whatever.
2) I have enough on my plate without doing another collaborative
project as much as that intrigues me. I will mostly attend to hang out and
meet like-minded individuals and to get insight into what other people are
My main problem with the discussion was a) there was no room between the two
portions for us to ask Marc R some questions. I was very disappointed by
that and b) the forum for having such an open ended discussion as we had in
part 2 was inappropriate. It went all over the place and frankly, as
interesting as some of the comments were, was far more suited to the pub
where groups of 2-5 could have smaller more concentrated discussions and
more people could get a voice.
I will send what notes I have of the meeting to CD.
Firstly let me say I very much enjoyed last nights London meeting.
Two issues were raised by various people that I would like to hear more
1) Who in the group is interested in software and who is interested in all
kinds of interaction, including washing machines?
2) Secondly, are people in the group looking for a project to produce, for
example, some product or research / practice insights? Or / And are people
looking for a community that supports one another and provides a forum for
discussion? Or are people in the group looking for something else?
My answers are as follows:
1) I personally am interested in all kinds of interaction, be it software,
washing machines, DVD players or telephone support services.
2) I would like a forum for discussion and also a project that people can
work on collaboratively. In fact last night I noted complaints about open
source software developments, and perhaps we could organise for our
involvement in an open source project such as 'open office' as interaction
designers - just an idea.
Honorary Research Fellow
Business Development Manager
UCLIC - University College London Interaction Centre