When reading Wired's article about Massimo Banzi and his Arduino team - see this earlier post - Experientia's Jan-Christoph Zoels and I thought it might be good to provide readers with some further insight on the offspring of the acclaimed but defunct Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (archival site).
A quick survey with former "Ivreans" revealed the extent to which this Italian graduate school, which was directed by Gillian Crampton Smith, produced a huge amount of entrepreneurial activity, with former staff and graduates now working throughout the design spectrum.
In addition, former Ivreans have also founded new schools and study programs (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Interaction Design Programme at IUAV University of Venice, and BA/MA program "Interface Design" at University of Applied Sciences at Potsdam), work for famous design consultancies and with the design and innovation departments of major multinational companies (Accenture, Arena Solutions, Canon, Cooper, eBay, Fjord, France Telecom, Frog Design, Google, Hitachi, HUGE, IDEO, lastminute.com, Microsoft, Nokia, Orange, Panasonic, Pega Design, Philips Design, Reed Business, RED Associates, Rockwell Group, Samsung, Seren Partners, Skype, Sony Ericsson, Tiny Pictures, Vodafone, and Whirlpool), and are involved in teaching and research (Alghero - University of Sassari, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, California College of the Arts, Delft University, Domus Academy, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Hamburg University of Applied Science, Highwater Research, Holon Institute of Technology, Institute for the Future, Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, ITP, IUAV University of Venice, K3 School of Arts of Communication at Malmö University, Munich University of Applied Sciences, National Institute of Design, NTNU, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti-Milano (NABA), Princeton University, Shenkar Academy of Design and Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, SVA, Umea University in Sweden, University of California at Los Angeles, University of Washington in Seattle, and Zurich University of the Arts).
Mark Vanderbeeken is a senior partner at Experientia, an international experience design consultancy, based in Turin, Italy. He is also the author of the successful experience design blog Putting People First. Mark is a specialist in visioning, identity development and strategic communications and worked in Italy, Denmark, the USA and Belgium. He was communications manager of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, European communications coordinator for the World Wide Fund for Nature (or WWF), marketing director of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (USA) and chief press officer of Antwerp 93, Cultural Capital of Europe (Belgium).