I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting two workshops at Portland’s Pacific Northwest College of Art in November 2018! I just joined the school as a faculty researcher, and I’m looking forward to contributing to MAKE+THINK+CODE, a creative technology-focussed lab, institute, and incubator for creative experiments at the intersection of science, technology, design, art, and culture.
Designing Calm Technology
Mon, November 12, 2018
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
Calm Technology is a framework for designing ubiquitous devices that engage our attention in an appropriate manner. The aim of Calm Technology is to provide principles that follow the human lifestyle and environment in mind, allowing technology to amplify humanness instead of taking it away.
The difference between an annoying technology and one that is helpful is how it engages our attention. This workshop will cover how to use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.
Structure and activities
Students will work in groups to solve a series of design challenges, including designing new products, ‘calming down’ a complex ones, communicating the principles of Calm Technology across an organization and team, and entering a product successfully into the marketplace.
You’ll learn how to:
- Use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices.
- Design appropriate notification systems into both physical and software products
- Communicate the principles of Calm Technology to your across your organization and team
- Use methods of Calm Technology to design technology for generations, not seasons.
- Enter your product successfully into the marketplace.
This workshop is for anyone that actively builds or makes decisions about technology, especially user experience designers, product designers, managers, creative directors, developers and students interested in the future of technology and humanity.
Bringing a laptop is not required, as work will be done on paper and in groups.
We have a limited number of scholarships for our workshops. If you need an application, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your complete name and contact information.