Thursday, January 19, 2006

what is interaction design?

That is a good question.
It's also a good alternative question to my daily "wtf am I doing!?" iterative moment.
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea is based in Milan, Italy and the graduates have generated some very interesting projects on various themes in the field of human-machine interaction. It's also a place I would like to visit some day and maybe stay there and learn something. It's pretty accessible in terms of geo location considering that here in Romania we don't have that many places you can learn interaction design. Actually we have none.
Feel free to prove me wrong if you know better.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Andriy Panas said...

I know this school. Had met students from this school too back to 2003.

Very visionary students, but their products are far fetched from the real world.

I would call them artists that are not interested to release commercialy successful software.

Also this education from Interaction Design Institute Ivrea does not come for free - it is expensive.

I graduated from USI course in TU/e, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

It was for free and I was actually paid a salary of ~1200 EUR as Tu/e employee ;)

I gained my first Flash expirience during this course BTW.
Contact if you are more interested.

1:43 PM, January 20, 2006  
Blogger cosmin said...

The course seems very interesting. And the financial part has great appeal to me.
I understand that I have to do a Master before I apply for admission?

3:40 PM, January 20, 2006  
Anonymous Dave Chiu said...

I'm currently attending Interaction Design Institute Ivrea and I think some of the comments Andriy made require some clarification.

First, the school offers scholarships.

Second, interaction design as studied at IDII involves graphical user interfaces, physical prototyping, and service design. If you are looking to learn Flash for commercial software development, this is not the right place for you. We are not software developers, and our focus is not on releasing software.

Third, I would hesitate to call us artists: a large portion of what we do is imagining and developing new ways of interacting with technology, both physical and virtual. This development is grounded in a practical understanding of technology, trends, and how people use things. We are definitely focused on design, but not at the expense of science, usability, and the practical things which make good design successful.

10:52 PM, January 22, 2006  
Blogger cosmin said...

I get the whole design vs engineering debate.
Been there quite a few times. Some times on the E side as a flash coder, sometimes on the D side when arguing with the php coder :)
From what I Actually the two programmes are quite different.
TU/e offers a post graduate for people who already have a master in computer engineering or behavioral sciences. This combined with the focus on technologically complex systems with high concentrations of information could be translated in trying to improve the already excellent human-system interaction experience for those "complex systems".
On the other hand IDII has a Masters Diploma in Interaction Design with a focus on designing interactive products, services and experiences. This I would translate in finding new ways to solve the problem of user-system interaction. And this egg kinda supports my conclusion. Also your sponge project is there too.
I personally would go for the second one because of my Flash background and the fact that I am not a Computer Science graduate. I have an Electrical Engeneering Diploma. And I also like to play with tech stuff :)
If u would have all the time in the world u could do the USI programme after Ivrea. But then u would get way too smart I guess :)

12:24 PM, January 23, 2006  
Anonymous Jabbypanda said...

Hi Cosmin,

My previous comment did not get posted.

I offered you a direct call to me over Skype (my Skype ID is :pandaua)
If you would like to get more information regarding USI, please contact me.
USI is not a perfect HCI related program in the world, but you can get some juices going there.

The requirement for Master degree in CS or behavioral sciences is not that strict in USI program, believe me.

I must agree although, USI is more engineer oriented, Ivrea is more design oriented.

5:15 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger cosmin said...

Thanks a lot for the effort jp :)
But this is a big decision to make.
And this year I already have an important event in my life. The same you had last year. Yep, it's involving a girl and two rings :)
But be shure that I'll try to contact you and ask for your advice when I'll be ready to take the next step in my education.
Thanks again man!

ps: I was playing around with the blogger template and probably that's why your post didn't make it

5:39 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Dave Chiu said...

Actually, the Sponge postcard project was a competition we won outside of school. But it was definitely influenced by thinking about how to involve people in a process instead of preaching at them.

I see what you mean about the different focuses of engineering and design, specifically with regard to the "human-system interaction experience," but I stand by my original point: to create a meaningful experience you have to understand the back-end as much as the front-end.

Check out Wiring. It was a thesis project by an alumnus of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, and we use it on a regular basis when prototyping.

7:34 AM, February 04, 2006  
Blogger cosmin said...

Schweet!
Could be even better than this kit i've got my eyes on.

1:07 PM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there Cosmin,

Just another Ivrea student who stumbled into the conversation. We just launched a new blog that covers projects my class has done in the past and the thesis projects we're working on right now.

http://milano.interaction-ivrea.it

4:57 AM, February 19, 2006  
Blogger cosmin said...

Very nice work!
A must read and definetly a top bookmark!

11:19 PM, February 19, 2006  

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