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Interaction 16 is a wrap

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Interaction 16 opening session, photo by MJ Broadbent Interaction 16 kickoff. (Photo by MJ Broadbent)

Headed back from co-chairing Interaction 16 in Helsinki, my head is still spinning with all the conversations, talks and experiences of the last week.

The UX community is great: Welcoming, inclusive, interested in a huge range of topics. It was like being adopted by a whole new family.

Ever since Sami Niemelä invited me to co-chair this gathering, one thing I’ve been particularly interested in was to see how the more emerging tech-focused topics we included in the program would resonate with this design-focused community.

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Visiting Casa Jasmina

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Visiting Casa Jasmina We lived in the open source connected home of the future. And survived.

When I learned about Casa Jasmina (CJ), a connected open source home of the future that Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic are building with a part of the Ardunio team – namely Lorenzo Romagnoli and Massimo Banzi – I knew I wanted to see it.

(Michelle and I, sitting side by side at Bruce’s ThingsCon closing keynote literally looked at each other and said: Let’s go!)

So Michelle, Alexandra and I got to go – and happened to be the very first official guests: A tremendous honor and privilege, and also a responsibility to kick it off well, contribute and reflect; if we can start a few good traditions there, all the better.

Here are some notes, thoughts, questions and impressions from these last few days, typed up quickly on the way back from Torino to Berlin. Unsorted, a bit rough around the edges, as behooves the project itself, while the impressions are still fresh.

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Letter to the next resident of Casa Jasmina

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Dear next guest of Casa Jasmina,

Welcome to your new temporary home.

Please note: This is a cross-post from the GitHub repo for letters from one resident of Casa Jasmina to the next. For more context, jump on over to this blog post about my visit to Casa Jasmina.

We’re writing this letter to share some of our experiences, and hope to provide some helpful cues to make your stay the best it can be. Also, as the first “official” guests at CJ we hope we can start a tradition in leaving a message to the next person or group coming in – as a service to the next resident, as an archive and log book that might provide interesting research signals later on, and as a sort of social continuum that connects all residents to CJ and to one another.

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We’re bringing Interaction 16 to Helsinki!

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Interaction 16: 2.–4. March, Helsinki Finland from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

Teaser video. Definitively play with sound!

What a few weeks! I’m just back from a trip to San Francisco where I was invited for an absolutely awesome occasion: To announce that Interaction 16 will come to Helsinki.

Interaction, as you’ll very likely know, is the annual conference of IxDA, the global interaction designer association. In other words, the one big get-together where the global IX/UX designer community meets and discusses the state of the art – and the future – of interaction design. It’s a big deal, too – we’re talking about 1000 participants from around the globe!

I’m both honored and delighted to be co-chairing Interaction 16 with Sami Niemelä, co-founder of Nordkapp and one of the local leaders of IxDA Helsinki.

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Presentation: The Real Life Social Network

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Paul Adams is a Senior UX Researcher at Google. In the slides below he shares some findings from his research, focusing on what’s important to keep in mind when designing for the social web. It’s chock-full with insights on how relationships work online and offline.

It’s a fantastic presentation. Must read.

UX Lx: User experience in Lisbon

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uxlxA brief announcement for the user experience experts out there: UXLx is a unique three-day User Experience event set in sunny Lisbon, Portugal on May 12-14 2010. This year’s speakers will include Steve Krug, Jared Spool, Peter Merholz, Luke Wroblewski, Dan Saffer, Donna Spencer, Dana Chisnell, Brian Fling and Bill Scott. It’s really quite an impressive line-up, particularly for a European event.

Organizer Bruno Figueiredo kindly offered to give my readers a discount, and I’ll gladly pass that on. If you enter the discount code “GMN2010”, you’ll get 10% off your ticket (in addition to other discounts like the early bird).

I’m not primarily a user experience guy, but even I’m really tempted to go. And I’m not just saying this because there’s still ice on the streets in Berlin…