Interaction Design Workshop 2010 Interaction Design Workshop 2010

Workshop Series on Interaction design

Interaction design is looking at the relationships between people, technology and society (Hand, Mitrovic, Smyth, 2010). It is not just about people or the world around them, it is about the interactions between them. Interaction design is an approach –
a process of designing relationships rather than things. It emerged from designing for electronic systems, but that thinking can be applied to all sorts of areas (Dunne, 2007).

Interaction designers are hybrid designers, they don’t fit in neat categories, they are a mixture of artists, engineers, designers, thinkers (Dunne, 2007). It is a highly multidisciplinary field, which includes design (graphical, product and interface), psychology, sociology, communication science, anthropology, computer science, engineering, information and communication technologies, architecture and art.

Department of Visual Communications Design is organizing a series of workshops splitinteractions as an introduction to interaction design in Croatia. The workshops will further promote the interdisciplinary educational approach started with the successful Convivio Summer School in Split, 2004.

Overall goals of the workshops are:

  • to promote Interaction Design to students and the public in this region;
  • to promote design as a different way of thinking;
  • to help students to gain new insights and new knowledge;
  • to help students to become better and reflective designers;
  • to create new opportunities for future collaborations.

By inviting students from a range of disciplines and universities, we have aimed to give participants experience of:

  • multidisciplinary group working;
  • interaction design methods;
  • critical and socially-responsible design;
  • state of the art digital and new technologies;
  • realistic professional practice.

We also encourage participants to go beyond the limits of design definitions, and to re-think what Design is today. User-centred design process is emphasised, along with issues of social responsibility, and the role of Design in relating to, and empowering local communities.

This fourth workshop was held from 22nd to 27th of March. Workshop topic was invisible cities. Participants explored invisible structures of the city. They were dealing with different questions: What are the ecologies of the city? How city metabolism works? How we interact with the city?

Participants of the workshop were students of design (visual communication, new media and product), applied arts, art pedagogy, film and video, camera, sculpturing, computer science and sociology from the universities of Split, Rijeka and Zagreb.

The coordinator and workshop leader was Ivica Mitrovic from the Visual Communications Department. There were two groups/ateliers, one led by Tuur Van Balen, freelance designer and guest lecturer at Royal College of Art (London) and Martin Avila, lecturer at Konstfack - University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm).

Workshop results were presented to the public at the Arts Academy and documented on this web site.

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Workshop leaders

Ivica Mitrović
Arts Academy, Split

Tuur Van Balen
Royal College of Art, London

Martin Avila
Konstfack - University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm


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