For the third profile in our series on the Interaction Awards Jury, we've talked to London-based designer Matt Jones. Matt has been designing digital products and services since 1995. Creative director for the launch of BBC News Online, he co-founded and designed Dopplr.com, a service for frequent travellers since sold to Nokia. Between 2003-2005, he worked at Nokia on areas as diverse as tangible/ physical interfaces and the human experience of play. He is now Principal at BERG, a design and invention company in London. He originally studied Architecture, has written on interaction design, amongst other things, for 10 years at magicalnihilism.com and teaches on the Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art.
We asked Matt two questions, and here's what he had to say:
1- What is your favorite product, digital or otherwise, to use, and why?
It's a toss up between fibre-tip pens, computers, or shoes. Fibre-tip pens are the most direct, enjoyable way I've found to get thinking into the world. Computers are the most frustrating but powerful way I've found to do so, and I can think of nothing better than finding a really good pair of running shoes or walking boots.
2 - When do you first remember thinking of yourself as a designer?
Probably when I was 14 and had a job in a printers.