IxDA Interaction 18

A quick capture of some the talks. Huge thanks to the IxDA for sharing these in real time via the Vimeo live stream, making it possible to enjoy the conference from 16,873 km away.

Alan Cooper - Be a good ancestor

Watch Alan Cooper's IxDA Interaction 18 talk, Feb 6, 2018 https://vimeo.com/254448997#t=1698s

'Ancestry Thinking', as he has coined it, looks to address the infinite microscopical flaws in our designs that inadvertently enable bad things to happen, through misuse and abuse. Twitter fake news, Facebook election influence. It those kind of global situations that may have been lessened or avoided if we took the ancestral perspective, rather than the short term, when we design.


Molly Lafferty  - Is TV really dead?

 Molly Lafferty presents Drawful2 at IxDA Interaction 18

Molly Lafferty presents Drawful2 at IxDA Interaction 18

Watch Molly Lafferty's IxDA Interaction 18 talk, Feb 6, 2018 https://vimeo.com/254448997#t=10833s

What is the future of TV? Is there one? A wonderfully rich presentation of the past, present and future of the TV ecosystem, including a spotless summary of the current state landscape of the in the home. I really enjoyed this talk. I do like film and tv series', so that probably has a lot to do with it.

The one way that Molly agree's with the title, is that 'appointment viewing' of TV is absolutely dead. No one could agree that watching a show at a prescribed time without doing anything else or looking at any other device during that time, is dead. Her perspective of living room paradox, of it being fixed in the physical, but also in flux, in the experience, is also interesting.

Netflix is a great example of how to survive a major cultural paradigm shift, as they successfully switched from DVD delivery to streaming over the internet. Listening to Netflix founder Reed Hastings on the Masters of Scale podcast, and he discusses how the Netflix culture made this adaptation possible.

Some of the examples of good design work, that explored the current state, were:

  • Communal party - a type of pictionary game using your TV as the game board, and your phone as the input.
  • AirBNB on Apple TV - brings the shared experience of booking to the living room, using TV for what is good at, big, wonderful photos of destinations, and not trying to simply duplicate all booking functionality from 4m away.
  • Reuters TV - Looking at Reuters app, it starts by asking "How much time do you have?"
  • Stranger Things on Netflix - we were shown different cover art depending on what other genre's we like, called "outcome personalisation".

Jessica Zhang - Delegating research in agile environments

 Jessica Xhang presenting three research track approach to sprint planning, Interaction 18, Feb 6, 2018

Jessica Xhang presenting three research track approach to sprint planning, Interaction 18, Feb 6, 2018

Watch Jessica Zhang IxDA Interaction 18 talk, Feb 6, 2018 https://vimeo.com/254448997#t=20448s

Being someone who is very guilty of struggling to easily delegate work, Jessica's talk struck a chord with my personal experience as a design researcher. She argues that the "I'll just do it myself, because that's easy" is not the way to get the best results at scale.

While delegating means building processes that allow anyone to get results, the benefit is that it free's the design research to focus on the relationships that often cause collaboration to be ineffective or fail.

Special shout-out to Suzanne, Jessica's designer/research unicorn.


Marie Van Driessche - Designing for deaf people, for everyone actually

Watch Speaker Marie Van Driessche Interaction 18 talk, Feb 6, 2018 https://vimeo.com/254448997#t=23654s

Apart from a being a very engaging presenter, Marie's talk gave some insight into how to better regard the Deaf community as a cultural minority, rather than a disability. For most people who identity as Deaf, their countries first language is their second.

Marie shared with us some of the structure of signing, and used that as a way to look at interaction design for all of us. To avoid exclusion, follow these tips:

  • Short sentences
  • One idea per paragraph
  • Headings, and sub-headings
  • Use bulleted lists (yay)
  • Journalistic style: make a point, then explain it.
  • Avoid unnecessary jargon or slang
  • Provide a glossary
  • Use subtitles: convey the message, but not necessarily literally.

One point Marie stressed was that services should be designed with multiple contact options. To book an appointment with her doctor, she has to ask her mum to do it for her, because they only have a phone option.

Marie shared a fantastic piece of design by Thomas and Navid from Lemelson MIT - interactive gloves that speak signed language in real time. Watch the creators demonstrate their interactive sign language gloves. Seeing is believing.


Katja Forbes summary of Interaction 18 at IxDA Sydney

Katja's annual update from the IxDA Interaction conferences presented at our first local meetup of the year is a ritual I always look forward to.

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