IxDA has done a phenomenal job documenting all of last month's presentations from the Interaction Design 2010 conference in Savannah, GA. There are so many gems here, but we've picked out a few favorites, The first is Ben Fullerton's talk on Designing for Solitude. Alone time— or the "ability to switch off and contemplate"—is becoming harder and harder to find as our media is increasingly socialized; Ben discusses why this is not a good thing. Solitude is important and we now find ourselves with a particular need to create it. What does an off state look like?
Timo Arnall, who works with near field communications and emerging RFID technology, delivered a talk entitled "Designing for the Web in the World." A nice contrast to Fullerton's main points, Timo discusses the 'on' state in depth—we can move off the screen and into the world by embodying our digital services in real, tactile, networked objects.
One more highlight (and there are so many): Peter Morville, once a librarian and now an Information Architecture expert, talks about Search, the most "disruptive innovation of our time," and its implications for discovery. Real search is not a one time google query, but an iterative and adaptive process—Peter points out that what we find changes what we are looking for.
We highly encourage you to carve out some time and watch the rest of the videos—phenomenal work by all.
Lisa is dedicated to promoting the American contemporary design scene. She keeps herself busy as the co-founder of the Object Design League, an association of independent designers in Chicago, and design practice Smith&Linder, both co-founded with Caroline Linder. She also teaches foundation research studios at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.