The annual interaction design conference organized by IxDA, takes place in Amsterdam from 5-8 February 2014: four days of presentations and workshops. You will have unique opportunities to share your point of view and get inspired by stories from around the world. Alok Nandi (Belgium) and Yohan Creemers (Netherlands) are the conference co-chairs.
Alok b. Nandi (Belgium)
Alok b. Nandi, born in Congo from Indian parents and raised in Zaïre, is now based in Brussels, where he has studied engineering, management and film (Licence en Philosophie et Lettres). As a designer, creative director, design strategist, writer-director, he explores conflicting constraints in evolving and hybrid contexts, via his design label Architempo. He is dealing with storytelling in multiple media, space and technologies, from hi-tech interactive installations (Extrafiction framework, science museums) to lo-tech mise-en-scene (Cannes Film Festival exhibition, Jules Verne exhibition design, public space interventions). His previous professional experiences include Procter & Gamble as well as interactive creative director at Casterman (the publisher of Tintin a.o.) and groupe Flammarion, in Paris. Alok is a lecturer and invited professor, as well as regular speaker at international conferences (incl. TEDx). In parallel, he has launched Pecha Kucha Brussels and also initiated the Belgian presence of IxDA.
Yohan Creemers (Netherlands)
After graduating as Industrial Design Engineer at TU Delft, Yohan worked as product designer for Davilex and XOIP. In 2001 he started Ylab, a design studio based in Utrecht. Yohan is one of the driving forces behind the IxD community in The Netherlands and the chairman of IxDA Nederland.
Founded in 2011, the Interaction Awards recognize and celebrate examples of excellence in interaction design across domains, platforms, environments and cultures. The Awards are an annual competition seeking out work that embodies and improves meaningful relationships between people and the products and services they use. For 2013/2014, the Awards are led by Janna DeVylder (Australia) and Niklas Mortenson (Norway).
Janna DeVylder (Australia)
Janna DeVylder is Principal and Co-Founder of Meld Studios, an interaction and service design studio in Sydney, Australia. She has over 15 years experience as a researcher and designer in the United States and Australia. Her work has focused on humanizing products and services, in leadership roles defining the strategic plan and positioning of products and services down to the most detailed of interactions within them. Janna has been very active in IxDA, from starting IxDA Chicago, to serving as President of IxDA's Board of Directors, to now serving as Co-Chair of the Interaction Awards.
Niklas Mortenson (Norway)
Niklas is UX lead and Deputy CEO at Laboremus, a web technology provider for the creative industry. He is a founding member of IxDA Oslo, a 1600-member strong local group started in 2009. He has overseen and executed a range of projects; consulting with everything from small start-ups to large brand owners in everything from retail to finance. Recently he has been working with online banking and as a consultant for McCann/Mediafront on the Rimi Pluss service for norwegian retailer Rimi. The project has won several national and international awards including the Lovie awards, Eurobest, London International Awards, the Echo Awards and the Norwegian Design for Excellence. Niklas holds a BA (First-Class Honours) in interaction Design from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, and has spent over a decade working with emerging technology and IxD. He tends to use every opportunity to assert the gospel of tech, and yes; he thinks interaction designers should be able to code...
The challenge is open to current undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates. Based on submitted solutions to a defined challenge, winners are selected to travel to the annual Interaction conference and attend a master class with leaders from the Interaction Design community. The 2014 Student Design Challenge is being led by Dianna Miller (United States) and Izac Ross (United States).
Dianna Miller (United States)
Dianna Miller spent fifteen years on UX design and research teams for companies such as Microsoft/WebTV, WebEx, American Express, and eBay. From 2010-2012, she directed and taught in the Service Design BFA/MFA program at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a partner in Service Station Design and currently develops and facilitates workshops and lean innovation projects as part of the design thinking executive training initiative at Fidelity Investments’ Center for Applied Technology in Boston.
Izac Ross (United States)
Izac Ross is an Experience Designer at Moment, where he has worked on products and services for clients such as Bloomberg, American Express, Morgan Stanley and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Izac received his BFA in Service Design, with concentrations in industrial and interaction design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He blends methods from interaction design, industrial design, service management, and design research to create new approaches and frameworks to solve problems that go beyond a single device, channel, or medium.
Formalized in 2013, the goal of the Education Summit is to better understand the global problem space of interaction design education both in formal and informal formats. Academics, mentors, conference speakers, continuing education creators, students, practitioners and employers are all encouraged to lend their voice.
Dave Malouf (United States)
Dave Malouf is an observer and pattern recognizer who is passionate about how technology can be a force for positive impact on human beings. With a background in anthropology, design, technology, education and management he is a consultant who helps organizations amplify the impact of their design teams through organizational strategy, recruitment planning, and team mentorship.
Dave is also an entrepreneur who has co-founded Peer Loft. The mission of Peer Loft is to create products and services that help teams amplify their creativity. Their first product, Studio Stream, will help design organizations and education institutions expand their design studios over distances without sacrificing the key elements that make a studio a powerful tool for creativity and team learning.
Haig Armen (Canada)
As one of Canada's most respected and innovative digital design talents, Haig has been designing brands, advertising, and interactive projects for 15 years. As a producer of CBC Radio 3's groundbreaking online magazine, Haig created editorial, design and marketing strategies that have earned a die-hard audience.
Haig has had the honour of winning a variety of awards throughout his career, including no less than three Webby Awards, two Prix Italia for Web Arts and Drama and a Gold Medal from the Art Director's Club of New York to name only a few.
He is also the founder and creative director of LiFT Studios and holds a position as an Assistant Professor of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.