Experience three of Colorado's top interactive studios: Disney Online Kerpoof Studios, Crispin Porter + Bogusky and wall st. You will finish the tour around 6:00 pm. Learn about the studios:
Sam is an Information Technology consultant with 10 years of experience working with private, public sector and nonprofit clients in the financial, telecom and transportation industries.
Find out where tea comes from and taste some samples. Discover how ingredients from around the world become Celestial Seasonings teas. Clear your sinuses in the mint room, get hypnotized by the custom packaging machines, and taste some of the 60+ kosher, natural teas this one-time startup company sells -- to the tune of over $100,000,000 in the US alone. The factory tour will be followed by an informal Q&A with Erin Humphries, Brand Manager for Celestial Seasonings.. And yes, the Celestial Seasonings factory really is on Sleepytime Drive -- a scenic 20-minute journey from downtown Boulder with views of the mountains to the west.
Peter has 10+ years of experience in the fields of Interaction and Information Design working with numerous clients in the retail, technology and financial sectors. He seeks to create environments where UX, Design and Technology teams can work together to find solutions that go beyond the ordinary.
Find and hide IxD treasure in the high-tech fun that is geocaching. Treasure hunters
wanted! Find some treasure and hide some treasure: Learn the principles of geocaching
and help create the Interaction11-themed cache. We'll split into groups outdoors and
locate a few caches, then go place the conference cache. Our cache will include a
Travel Bug which we'll address to Interaction12 in Dublin and track its progress
Come with your GPS or GPS-enabled mobile device, and bring a small-sized trinket to
leave in the cache(s). While you're at Interaction11, collect another small trinket
or memento of your experience (but no items that will spoil). We'll create our cache
and then hide it on campus.
Geocaching [http://www.geocaching.com/default.aspx] is a worldwide game of hiding and seeking treasure. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache's existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache. A Travel Bug is a trackable tag that you attach to an item. This allows you to track your item on Geocaching.com. The item becomes a hitchhiker that is carried from cache to cache (or person to person) in the real world and you can follow its progress online.
In case of inclement weather, an alternate activity will be provided.
Be prepared for weather; wear layers, water-resistant shoes, hat and gloves.
Barbara Holmes, user experience architect, ISITE Design. Barbara is also
the co-leader of the IxDA Portland chapter. Geocaching connects a global community to the environment via GPS technology, the internet, physical artifacts, and the written word. Jill conducts research, UI design and interaction design for electronic medical record software. Michele is a User Experience Researcher at Misys. She is also a Local Leader with IxDA New York and a former Local Ambassador for IxDA Pittsburgh
Invigorating guided hike on one of Boulder's premier trails. Nearby
Chautauqua Park, nestled at the foot of the Flatiron rock formations, is the
starting point for miles and miles of
trails through grasslands, valleys, tree-filled mesas, and boulders. We'll split
into two groups - an easy hike, or a more challenging hike - each with a guide to
discuss wayfinding and trail design.
Boulder sits about 5500 feet above sea level. While the winters are relatively mild, the weather can be unpredictable so make sure you bring: water-resistant shoes with a tread (it’s a hike, not a walk), a warm jumper and a rain jacket with a cap or hoodie; sunglasses and sunscreen; gloves; and your camera!
Johanna is a UX designer with a background in information design and HCI. She’s also Austrian so when she’s near mountains a hike is in order.
A primer for people new to the field. Interaction and UX design draw from many fields
to create simple coherent solutions to complex problems. This eclectic mix of ideas
and technique can sometimes be daunting to people new to the field or transitioning
from other related disciplines.
In this session, we'll explore the fundamentals of IxD. We'll look at some of the big
ideas that the field is built on, and how these translate into practices that
designers use every day. There'll be talk, discussion, and activities to help you
understand the essence of this way of designing.
Jeremy is an interaction designer, digital media artist and academic with a background in music, performance and architecture. He thinks that anyone can learn how to use design and that this can help make the world a better place.
Get hands-on with the software and hardware that firefighters use. What if the
decisions you made as a designer, literally did mean life or death? Come to a
hands-on session at the Louisville Fire Station to see the products and software that
firefighters and EMTs use every day, try out the way that the equipment is intended
to be used, and brainstorm how to improve it. You'll get to participate at three
different stations: vehicle-based wayfinding, Fire SCBA use (personal air tanks),
& Fire pump panel on an actual fire engine. We may even run you through the
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes - some of the equipment may be dirty.
John is a volunteer firefighter with 10 years experience in interaction and software design. He is also president of the Rocky Mountain chapter of HFES (Human Factors & Ergonomics Society).
Use tangible items to make rapid prototypes of user experiences. This technique adds
another communication tool for working with clients, customers and your team. And
it's fun! We'll work in teams or individually without a 'net connection or digital
tools, using easily available "junk" materials.
Nancy is a user experience strategist, a Certified Facilitator of Innovation Games®, and a former sign language interpreter, trainer and evaluator. Her first entrepreneurial effort (6th grade) was organizing a neighborhood summer pre-school for a dozen kids with plenty of arts & crafts activities.
Learn about parallels between scent design and interaction design. Visit the custom perfume shop of Dawn Spencer Hurwitz, who is a fragrance designer,
visual artist and certified aromatherapist. First, Dawn will introduce us to the
terminology and categories of fragrance. Then, Dawn will give a custom fragrance
consultation to one random, lucky participant - recommending what types of fragrance
are a good fit for that particular person -- keeping in mind that fragrance can serve
a number of different purposes. After that, we'll discuss Dawn's process, and the
parallels between fragrance design and interaction design.
Please avoid wearing perfume or scented body products.
Andrea is an Interaction and visual designer specializing in web and mobile experiences.
Explore sound design at Boulder's Coupe Studios. Sonic wayfinding systems, product
sonification, voice menu systems, background music for a demo video--nearly all of us
have at least some experience in using music, sound, voice and silence to stir
emotions and change behaviors. The team at Coupe Studios has been at it for decades. We'll
take a curious, closer look at some ground-level rules and consider real-world
inspirations for what it takes to engage the hearts and minds of anyone with ears.
Noel is Associate Experience Director at Crispin Porter + Bogusky and is also the founder of the Carbon IQ user experience group and the sonic branding and identity consultancy Sonic ID US.
Explore how design has contributed to a craft beer revolution. The recent craft beer revolution is a testament to the intentional design of culinary
experiences. This expansion has led to an explosion in awareness and consumption of
craft beer, and ultimately, has permanently raised the bar on what consumers should
expect from beer.
During this walking tour, we'll taste different kinds of craft beers from Walnut
Brewery, Mountain Sun Brewery and BJ's Brewhouse. But this tour isn't a pub crawl;
it's an exploration of the beer-making process and its parallels with interaction
design methodologies. Participants have the option to purchase their own beer; all are welcome to join in the discussion regardless of sampling.
A former craft beer podcaster and homebrewer, Justin has a deep passion for artisan food and drink products and the experiences that can be designed around them.
How can interaction design spark action about climate change? Boulder's National Center for Atmospheric Research is one of the leading research
facilities studying weather and climate change. We'll tour the facility-- designed by
architect I.M Pei, and perched on one of the spectacular mesas overlooking Boulder.
We'll see how NCAR's visualization tools have changed over the decades, and talk with
the engineers and scientists who turn their climate data into interactive models.
They'll show us tools they're creating to give researchers, government officials and
the general public a better understanding of what climate change means, and what to
do about it. What can we learn from the NCAR folks who make these visualizations? How
could we all collaborate to expand the impact of this work? Come prepared for a tour
of an interesting space, lively discussions, and a beautiful view.
Mekayla is a design researcher and strategist who specializes in human-centered design for social and environmental impact. Her Boulder-based consulting firm is Gloworm.
Relaxation and tea at an ashram near the foot of Eldo Canyon. Relax into a gentle yoga/stress release/meditation session at the Eldorado Mountain
Yoga Ashram. Open to all experience levels, we'll find sanctuary and fellowship in
the beautiful meditation dome, adorned with sacred art and permeated by 'shakti' or
spiritual energy. Then, we'll enjoy tea and conversation before heading back to town. Make sure to wear stretchy clothes.
Liz, an IxDA Director Emeritus, is passionate about the power of both interaction design & yoga to help improve the human condition.
Rent a bike and enjoy a leisurely ride along Boulder’s many bike paths. Weather in Colorado is unpredictable, but bluebird days in February aren't as unusual
as you might think. And when it is bluebird, biking is one of the best ways to enjoy
the weather. The ride begins in downtown Boulder and joins up with the Boulder Creek
Path. Riders will head east along various scenic paths and will be afforded expansive
views of the Flatirons. The ride ends back in downtown Boulder.
In case of inclement weather, an alternate activity or refund will be provided. Dress for the bike and the weather - wear layers and grippy gloves. The bike rental shop may require its own waiver.
David's students at CU have repeatedly taken top honors in awards competitions. David's creative work has been honored by top awards shows and publications, including the Clios, CA, Creativity, etc.
Take a rope-free lesson at an indoor bouldering gym, then climb. Boulder is famous for, well, bouldering and rock climbing. At The Spot bouldering gym, we'll challenge
ourselves without ropes, the boulders are replicas of famous rocks from around the
world, the handholds are attached, and the floor is bouncy. We'll start with a
one-hour lesson on safety and technique; then practice our skills on easy to
difficult routes ("problems'). Open to all fitness levels from occasional exercisers
to experienced athletes; the higher your fitness level, the more terrain will be
available to you. Cost includes rental of climbing shoes, plus use of a harness for
the optional toprope wall.
Wear stretchy clothes. This venue has its own waiver to sign.
Lis has 5+ years experience helping clients ranging from one person startups to Fortune 100 corporations in industries ranging from financial to entertainment. Lis makes their products easier and more enjoyable to find and use.
Roll to 3 breweries on Banjo Billy's private, funky busses. Get a first-hand look at three local microbreweries as we tour the town in school
busses disguised as traveling hillbilly shacks. First stop - Avery Brewing. We'll get
a peek at their 240-barrel outdoor fermentation vessels and taste one of their
full-flavored artisan beers. Next stop - Upslope Brewery, with their signature
"Upslope Pale Ale" brewed with Patagonian hops. Final stop - Twisted Pine Brewing
Company's 100% natural, unpasteurized pure malt ales. This experience will steep us
in the flavor of Boulder, and allow us to enjoy each others' company (and a few
pints) in a more casual setting.
Activity fee includes a small “taster” beer at each stop. If desired, additional beer may be purchased separately.
Megan is a Senior Experience Designer at Mad*Pow. She likes her beer as she likes her coffee: dark and extra bold!
Basics of cocktail design, and parallels with product design. At The
Bitter Bar, world-renowned Mixologist Mark Stoddard will explain the basic
principles for creating a handcrafted cocktail and its fundamental components. We
will look at specific examples of a few classic cocktails and see how they map to
these basic components. Then, taking cues from these principles, we'll discuss
whether or not the same reductive logic can be applied to designing a product, and
explore the parallels between these two creative design processes. Price includes two
cocktails, a recipe guide, and a gift.
Jennifer has over 12 years experience working as an Interaction Designer, during which she has designed a variety of products for a wide range of target markets. As a hobby, she hones the skills she acquired while completing her Bachelor and Masters of Architecture from Carleton University to design and build cocktails.
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