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I’ve been catching up on the internets after a long roadtrip over Christmas.

Two images from the ever-excellent infosthetics.com made me think that the best interaction and information design is stuff that can be glanced-at:

To be glanced-at

or pored-over:

To be pored-over

but unfortunately, most commercial interaction design falls between these two stools, in the ‘don’t make me think’ category.

I’d like to create services that scamper between beautiful extremes in 2008…

Today, Dopplr went v1.0 and open – but while the rest of the gang were over in Paris, I was at the RCA for the final presentations from students on the teaching project I’ve been visiting tutor for.
A very long day, but very exciting to see the fruits of six weeks wrestling with an enormous, wobbly jelly of a brief: the future of money.
I’ve lectured and been a visiting critic at design schools before, and also been industry sponsor for a couple of projects similar to the one we’ve been running (Intel’s People and Practices group were sponsoring this) but this was the first time I’ve really been stuck into a project all the way through.
Totally nerve-wracking, and totally satisfying.

Thanks to Wendy March of Intel, Tony Dunne and my estimable co-tutor Onkar Kular. Special thanks to all the first and second year students on the Design Interactions course for putting up with me.

Curated in-part at least by Dan Saffer (who is probably the world’s best cello-playing interaction designer) Interaction 08 [upcoming.org entry] has a truly fantastic line-up of pundits, practitioners and provocateurs from the field of digital/physical interaction design, including Bill Buxton, Alan Cooper and Malcolm McCullough keynoting.

Dan was kind enough to invite me to speak, and I’m in equal part excited and terrified to be doing so in such company – and to what will probably be one of the most clued-up group of people you could put ideas in front of.

It’s in Savannah, Georgia, which by all accounts is a beautiful place, and up till 15th December, there’s a reduced registration price.

UPDATE: Here’s Dan talking about the event on Boxes&Arrows.

What work of art (film, book, record, whatever) changed your life?
Submitted by bodhibound.

It's a cliche, but probably it's Charles and Ray Eames' "Powers of Ten".

I saw it first on a children's television show in the UK called Picture Box, that showcased short films. I recollect it also showed "The Red Balloon" so obviously someone there was trying to bombard young kids with amazing visual culture as early as they could.

It blew my mind, and back then I couldn't have possibly known how many times I would watch, reference, dissect, crib, and re-watch that film for its themes, its form and its content. Scale, systems, and the seductiveness of self-similarity.

I think it's why I do what I do, and why I love what I do.

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