IDEA awards: Interactive Product Experiences

18 Jul 2008 - 10:49am
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Michele Marut
2005

The IDEA awards that came out today have a category that may be of interest
to Interaction Designers

see Interactive Product Experiences

http://www.idsa.org/IDEA_Awards/gallery/2008/award_winners.asp?Categories_ID=24

What I found interesting is that the iphone was not in this category but won
a gold award in the "communication tools" category
http://www.idsa.org/IDEA_Awards/gallery/2008/award_winners.asp?Categories_ID=17

Michele

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18 Jul 2008 - 1:14pm
Shaun Bergmann
2007

Beautiful!
I for one am really looking forward to the day when there are entries for
conglomerate interfaces like the ones which control commercial or
residential automation. (IE Crestron or AMX) These touchpanels control a
dizzying array of systems. The scope of interaction on this one device
ranges from the Big Picture 'macro' of controlling things like lighting,
Heating/Air conditioning, security etc for the entire home / office, down to
the 'micro' interactions of controlling an MP3 player, a DVD library (or
setting an alarm clock for the bedroom).

To be honest, most of the interfaces like this that are installed out there
are terrible. No offence intended to who installed them, but time and time
again I hear of people who have spent over a million dollars to have one of
these state-of-the-art systems installed in their residence, only to find
that they only use about 20% of the system because they "just can't figure
it out".

That's certainly no strike against the user. Most of the time these
interfaces have been designed by the system engineer who lives in the world
of speaker cable, decibels, amperages, throw distances, matrix switchers and
HDMI connectors. It all makes perfect sense to them.

I've also seen some pretty stunning examples of how to take a ridiculously
complicated system and present it as though it was as simple a thing to use
as a lightswitch.
These types of conglomerate interfaces are going to catch up. They'll
slowly start to realize and understand what's been happening over in the
computer world for the last 30 years, but it would be nice to put a bit of a
fire under the chair of the companies responsible for designing these things
and have awards available.

Anybody have suggestions on how to inspire new categories with the IDEA
people?

On Fri, Jul 18, 2008 at 8:49 AM, Michele Marut <mmarut15 at gmail.com> wrote:

> The IDEA awards that came out today have a category that may be of interest
> to Interaction Designers
>
> see Interactive Product Experiences
>
>
> http://www.idsa.org/IDEA_Awards/gallery/2008/award_winners.asp?Categories_ID=24
>
> What I found interesting is that the iphone was not in this category but
> won
> a gold award in the "communication tools" category
>
> http://www.idsa.org/IDEA_Awards/gallery/2008/award_winners.asp?Categories_ID=17
>
> Michele
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