Patriarchs of the Design Family (was: New Uber Design Org)
19 Nov 2003 - 9:29am
It's interesting to note that in Italy, industrial and product design
sprang from architecture. (Until recently, it wasn't possible to
study these things separately from them.) I also have heard but can't
verify that Italy graduates 10,000 architecture students each year.
Bill Moggridge at last weeks' Ivrea symposium indicated that
interaction design is a sort of digital industrial design (to Beth
Mazur's earlier point). Those who come from technology tend to look
at it differently: as a series of interfaces and interactions with
screens and layers of information. Service design comes out of
industrial design (check out Ezio Manzini's work, for example), but
has a strong connection with architecture (think of the book "Cradle
to Cradle," of which one author is the former head of the University
of Virginia Architecture school).
Now finally, I'm realizing that maybe this is where all these
different views of interaction design come from. There's a
difference, too, in how it's defined in Europe versus in the US. And
if we were really involving Asian perspectives in this, it might look
different yet again.