Trials and tribulations

This studio for postgraduate students at Srishti Institute of Art, Design, & Technology asks: How has the design of digital technological systems evolved to consider and create the ‘human’?

Bill Buxton, playing off the ‘long-tail of innovation’, talks about the ‘long nose of innovation’ to highlight how most digital technological ideas take about 20 years of ‘below-the-radar’ research and development before becoming mainstream. Buxton argues for the importance of history in interaction design education and practice.

Inspired by the brilliant Buxton Collection, and his stance on the history of interaction design, I formulated this course to enable students to visually…

Great talks make great conference experiences. Of course, the food, the conversations, networking, the energy, all these matter. But at the end of it, when you go back to your day-to-day work, what remains and what drives you is a spark of inspiration. A spark that has been ignited due to that one idea a speaker shared, and the passion behind it all.

Curating the right talks is one of the biggest challenge for any conference. And when the conference aims to address both, an emerging academic Human-Computer Interaction research community and a vast expanse of UI/ UX / IxD…

Exploring the Role of CoDesign to enhance Community Participation in the Production of Health Technology

I am quite excited to give a short talk at DesignUp 2018 on a topic that I have begun to explore over the past couple of years. I must confess my ideas are a bit tentative, but then that is why it becomes exciting to share them with the diverse community and get feedback, as well as seek collaborators, as I further dig into this level of inquiry.

I am sharing the synopsis of the talk here, and once DesignUp gets over, will share the…

Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore is a non-residential institution founded in 1996 by the Ujwal Trust with the objective of providing art and design education in an environment of creativity to maximize the individual’s potential.

The two-week workshop is part of the core curriculum for the M.Des course in Human Centered Design, and is open for students from other courses to sign-up too.

“The International Institute of Information Technology, a Deemed University, popularly known as IIIT-B, was established in 1999 with a vision to contribute to the IT world by focusing on education and research, entrepreneurship and innovation. The Institute is a registered not-for-profit society funded jointly by the Government of Karnataka and the IT industry.”

Associate Prof. Amit Prakash and 10 students from the Masters of Science (Digital Society) Program at the IIIT-Bangalore are participating in this workshop.

Though they cannot engage full-time, they are part of the discussions with the groups offline, and engage in-person through four sessions throughout the two-week workshop.

Enable India

Enable India is a non-profit organization working for economic independence and dignity of persons with disability since 1999. Enable India is considered a pioneer in employability and employment of persons with disability. Enable India collaborates with 600+ companies across 28 states in the private and public sector across India. Enable India opens up 50 to 100 job roles annually and 4500+ persons with disabilities have found gainful employment directly and 1000+ through consultancy and capacity building of partner NGOs. Enable India provides holistic solutions and services to companies who employ the disabled.

Enable India has opened its ‘life journey’ of a person with disabilities as the context for our learning in this studio. It also offers knowledge about everyday life of people with disabilities, their aspirations and life challenges, and is the expert reviewer as well as collaborator for the studio.

A critique of the demonetization move by the Indian government from a design perspective.

Thank you Prime Minister Modiji for clarifying that your move of demonetizing the 500 and 1000 rupee notes has a single point agenda of flushing out the ‘black-money’ and fake-money in the form of cash hoardings. And maybe, infusing the banks, which are tottering due to non recovery of bad loans, with some serious cash.

Ever since this move was announced to huge ‘fan’ fare, so much so that I had to mute all my Whatsapp groups for a day, I have been quite skeptical of all the claims of benefits this move will bring us. …

Naveen Bagalkot

Just another interaction design researcher exploring the intersection between healthcare, communities, technology and design @

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