Have you tried to lock one designer and an engineer into a room to create something together? It’s not pretty. At times it can be violent, bloody and there’s surely a lot of cursing.
Now add the Internet of Things to the mix, a tough deadline, lots of technical uncertainty and you have the perfect battlefield.
I’m a Service and UX Designer, and without knowing I was sent to a battle that would permanently change my mind. From the moment I entered the room I started to hear things like Raspberry-Pi, Beacon Frequencies, Mesh Networks, “something-something”protocols, and some other lingo…
Greetings from Interaction South America in Córdoba, Argentina. Ricardo and Paul here giving two workshops and gathering the pulse of a very different design and digital services community. If you missed Episode I, have a laugh about designer-engineer collaboration (We somehow lost the business guy on the way here).
Our first few days were intense prep and catching up on work. The advance time is never enough, so some practice and run through help us sharpen the message and comic timing. You can read dry facts in many places- we want to inform with attitude, opinion and audience participation. The…
INTRO: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14th
Paul and I (Ricardo) are on our way to Argentina to attend IXDA Cordoba, one of the biggest Interaction Conferences in South America. Jane arranged this but sadly can not join us. We owe her everything.
I am sitting cross-legged on the floor of the Sao Paulo airport. It took several minutes fighting to fit the damn “universal” charger in the power plug to charge the laptop while writing this. Paul is sitting in the corner, not talking, finishing his breakfast beer. Maybe in this trip we can make him more Latin.
ThingsCon Berlin in one word? Brilliant! We saw shining eyes, brilliant IoT ideas and people introducing themselves with passion, love and purity. The speakers and workshops curation was really solid and current. Some common threads were ethical ways to work on IoT, open participation, design for manufacturing and the million ways to hack things.
Strangely, everything fit together. The opening speech from author Warren Ellis set the tone of the conference. He poetically described the worst IoT horror user: Warren Ellis. He opened everyone’s eyes to what we are actually building, for whom, and issues of our integrity as creators.