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This session is about how the history of Print Design is becoming an important influence in the evolution of Interaction Design. As a craft, design for printed media has a rich history. Several generations of designers have pushed its boundaries in countless directions. It has been shaped over several hundred years as both a functional and aesthetic discipline, with a deep foundation of principles, practices, theories, and professional dialogue. In comparison, Interaction and UI Design is still a relatively young field. Its history has largely been driven by technology and functional goals. The dialogue around it has been centered on usability, which has been its purpose in the context of technological advancement. The visual language of UI has evolved from that standpoint: that it should evoke the familiar, analog experience of tools, buttons, knobs, and dials. That foundation has led to a very specific visual language in interactive experiences. In the past ten years however, the relevant technologies that support the design of Interfaces - displays, processing speeds, and rendering engines - have matured to a point that they provide a more capable canvas for design. Meanwhile, our culture has become visibly more comfortable with the technologies that surround it. These combination of trends are creating an important inflection point for designers. The aesthetic experience of the digital surface can now be considered and explored in a more sophisticated manner.
Exploring traditional media vs new media when it comes to launching the career of a designer. Fashion designers and product designers have the ability to be small time rocks stars and household names once their name hits print, so we explore which mode of print media is doing it faster and more effectively. If your name is passed around the web often enough it moves faster from country to country but does that beat being in the style section of a national acclaimed magazine like Vogue? Do people respect tangible media more than they do new media. We will weight the pros and cons of pitching both new media (blogs) and print media all the while arguing that any press is good press.
11th–15th March 2011