Top IxDs in South & East Asia

9 Feb 2006 - 12:54pm
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Dave Malouf
2005

Who are the top luminaries of Interaction Design (define as you think best)
in South and East Asia.

I know there is good work going on there, but I don't know who is driving
the community, the education, the theory, and the practice of IxD.

Are there cultural considerations that make it hard for people to "stand
out" that I am not aware of?

Is there a Jonathan Ive? A Tog? An Alan Cooper? A Gillian Crampton-Smith?

I'd really like to get some sense of the lay of the land in that fairly
large and well incredibly active design community: India, S. Korea, Japan
and China leap to mind as national centers of design innovation that must
have some leadership in practice and education that the practitioners and
students of those areas all know, read, admire, and "emulate".

-- dave

David Heller
http://synapticburn.com/
http://ixdg.org/
Dave (at) ixdg (dot) org
Dave (at) synapticburn (dot) com
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9 Feb 2006 - 10:23pm
Navneet Nair
2004

>
>
> Who are the top luminaries of Interaction Design (define as you think
> best)
> in South and East Asia.

Interestingly there was a similar question posted on one of the Indian
HCI/IxD lists that I'm subscribed to. And it seemed to touch a sensitive
nerve. Possibly one of the reasons is that the industry is not mature enough
to actually elevate someone to the status of a luminary. Well that is my
feel, at least, about India, and I'm not in a position to speak about other
South East Asian countries. In any case, just to mention some of the names
that i think came across on that thread:

1. Aniruddha Joshi (Teaches HCI/IxD at IIT-IDC, Mumbai)
2. Shashank Deshpande
3. Sharad Solanki
4. Rashmi Sinha (Was she mentioned?)
5. Apala Lahiri Chauhan

Cheers
Navneet

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10 Feb 2006 - 2:15am
nicole schadewitz
2006

hi all.

hong kongs interaction design scene

daniel szuc from UPA in hong kong might know some people in chinas
usability design world
info at usability.com.hk

there are also a view names in and around the school of design, the
hong kong polytechnic university:
loraine justice (our Head)
sharon poggenpohl (IxD Research)
catherine hu (Interaction Design)
thomas fischer (Interaction Design, IxD Research)
santo yasuhiro (Tangible Interfaces)
tang ming xi (Artificial Intelligence)
hung keung (Interactive Art)

the people form philips hong kong are also active in the field.

there are more people, but i dont know the names
better ask:
catherine hu (sdcathhu at polyu.edu.hk)
or
daniel szuc

best nicole

--------------------------------
<sd.nic at polyu.edu.hk>

Nicole Schadewitz
PhD Candidate
School of Design
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Tel: +852 95508251
--------------------------------

10 Feb 2006 - 6:41am
Dave Malouf
2005

Hi Daniel,

Thanx for the great list of links below. This was very helpful.

Let me explain more what I'm looking for.
I'm not just looking for anonymous locations where people are doing good
design work/education. I'm looking for the names of people whom you and your
colleagues, talk about, read, dream you want to be like, influence your
community, your practice. Not generic departments, or institutions.

I used those 3 names before:
Jonathan Ive - I mean who doesn't talk about apple when they think
industrial and interaction design these days. I mean the iPod is the "good
design" of this decade.

Bruce "Tog" Tognazzini - "ask Tog", and his books have been influential to
the entire IxD community for the last 2 decades. He is now the IxD at the
Nielsen Norman Group names that stand on their own as well. Heck, it was his
idea to create this org.

Alan Cooper - "About Face", "Goal Directed Design" and his work from Visual
Basic to the studio work of Cooper today all stand as sign-posts to "IxD
this way".

Another bit of context ...
What names do you recognize as thought leaders who would be an invaluable
resource to anyone thinking about shaping, advocating, evangelizing,
organizing Interaction Design?

Hope this helps a bit.

-- dave

_____

From: Daniel Szuc [mailto:dszuc at apogeehk.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:09 PM
To: 'David Heller'
Subject: RE: [IxDA Discuss] Top IxDs in South & East Asia

Hi Dave:

Here are a few as food for thought:

School of Design - Poly U - http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/

Philips Design Hong Kong -
http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/index.html

Microsoft Research -
http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/default.aspx

UPA China (Hong Kong Branch) - http://www.usability.com.hk/

UPA China - http://www.upachina.org/index_en.asp

User Friendly 2004 -
http://www.upassoc.org/upa_publications/upa_voice/volumes/2005/february/chin
a_upa.html

User Friendly 2005 - http://www.upachina.org/userfriendly2005/index_en.htm

Kaizor Innovation - http://kaizor.com/

Jared Braiterman also has a nice batch of links at :
http://www.jaredresearch.com/mobilechina/index.html

And of course ... Apogee ... (that's us ;)

Apogee Usability Asia Ltd - www.apogeehk.com

Rgds,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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Who are the top luminaries of Interaction Design (define as you think best)
in South and East Asia.

I know there is good work going on there, but I don't know who is driving
the community, the education, the theory, and the practice of IxD.

Are there cultural considerations that make it hard for people to "stand
out" that I am not aware of?

Is there a Jonathan Ive? A Tog? An Alan Cooper? A Gillian Crampton-Smith?

I'd really like to get some sense of the lay of the land in that fairly
large and well incredibly active design community: India, S. Korea, Japan
and China leap to mind as national centers of design innovation that must
have some leadership in practice and education that the practitioners and
students of those areas all know, read, admire, and "emulate".

-- dave

David Heller
http://synapticburn.com/
http://ixdg.org/
Dave (at) ixdg (dot) org
Dave (at) synapticburn (dot) com
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10 Feb 2006 - 3:40pm
AlokJain
2006

>>In any case, just to mention some of the names
>>that i think came across on that thread:

>>1. Aniruddha Joshi (Teaches HCI/IxD at IIT-IDC, Mumbai)
>>2. Shashank Deshpande
>>3. Sharad Solanki
>>4. Rashmi Sinha (Was she mentioned?)
>>5. Apala Lahiri Chauhan

I second Navneet's list and would like to add Dr. T.V Gopal -
http://www.projectmind.org/tvg_c_v.html

Cheers
Alok Jain
UXM Competency Development Head
Satyam Computer Services Ltd.
http://www.satyam.com

On 2/9/06, Navneet Nair <navneet.nair at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> >
> >
> > Who are the top luminaries of Interaction Design (define as you think
> > best)
> > in South and East Asia.
>
>
> Interestingly there was a similar question posted on one of the Indian
> HCI/IxD lists that I'm subscribed to. And it seemed to touch a sensitive
> nerve. Possibly one of the reasons is that the industry is not mature
> enough
> to actually elevate someone to the status of a luminary. Well that is my
> feel, at least, about India, and I'm not in a position to speak about
> other
> South East Asian countries. In any case, just to mention some of the names
> that i think came across on that thread:
>
> 1. Aniruddha Joshi (Teaches HCI/IxD at IIT-IDC, Mumbai)
> 2. Shashank Deshpande
> 3. Sharad Solanki
> 4. Rashmi Sinha (Was she mentioned?)
> 5. Apala Lahiri Chauhan
>
> Cheers
> Navneet
>
>
>
> ----------------------------------------------------
> > Navneet Nair
> > Interaction Architect
> > onClipEvent: form follows function();
> > ----------------------------------------------------
> > Website: http://www.onclipevent.com
> > Blog: http://www.onclipevent.com/enterframe/
> >
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--
Best Regards
Alok Jain
----------------------------------------------------------
User Experience Management Solutions
Satyam Computer Services Ltd. - Washington DC
http://www.satyam.com
(m) 571 332 0672
(e) jain_alok at satyam.com

11 Feb 2006 - 12:37am
dszuc
2005

Thanks Nicole :)

===

Here are a few as mentioned to Dave & some food for thought. Dave will put
some more thought into it ;)

Jared Braiterman also has a nice batch of links at :
http://www.jaredresearch.com/mobilechina/index.html

School of Design - Poly U - http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/

Philips Design Hong Kong -
http://www.design.philips.com/about/design/index.html

Microsoft Research -
http://research.microsoft.com/aboutmsr/labs/default.aspx

UPA China (Hong Kong Branch) - http://www.usability.com.hk/

UPA China - http://www.upachina.org/index_en.asp

User Friendly 2004 -
http://www.upassoc.org/upa_publications/upa_voice/volumes/2005/february/chin
a_upa.html

User Friendly 2005 - http://www.upachina.org/userfriendly2005/index_en.htm

Kaizor Innovation - http://kaizor.com/

===

Also some recent articles on Design in China:

China Design
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_47/b3960003.htm

The Top 10 Myths & Truths about Design in China - 5 October 2005
http://www.uigarden.net/english/the-top-10-myths-truths-about-design-in-chin
a

And of course ... Apogee:

Apogee Usability Asia Ltd - www.apogeehk.com

Practicing Usability in Hong Kong - 26 November 2005
http://www.uigarden.net/english/practicing-usability-in-hong-kong

Rgds,

Daniel Szuc
Principal Usability Consultant
Apogee Usability Asia Ltd
www.apogeehk.com
'Usability in Asia'

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[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]

hi all.

hong kongs interaction design scene

daniel szuc from UPA in hong kong might know some people in chinas
usability design world
info at usability.com.hk

there are also a view names in and around the school of design, the
hong kong polytechnic university:
loraine justice (our Head)
sharon poggenpohl (IxD Research)
catherine hu (Interaction Design)
thomas fischer (Interaction Design, IxD Research)
santo yasuhiro (Tangible Interfaces)
tang ming xi (Artificial Intelligence)
hung keung (Interactive Art)

the people form philips hong kong are also active in the field.

there are more people, but i dont know the names
better ask:
catherine hu (sdcathhu at polyu.edu.hk)
or
daniel szuc

best nicole

--------------------------------
<sd.nic at polyu.edu.hk>

Nicole Schadewitz
PhD Candidate
School of Design
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Tel: +852 95508251
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12 Feb 2006 - 2:41am
nicole schadewitz
2006

David,
these names and links might provide you with a little more insight into

> the names of people whom you and your
> colleagues, talk about, read, dream you want to be like, influence your
> community, your practice. Not generic departments, or institutions.

For many researcher in the school of design JOHN FRASER was/is a very
influential person and thinker. He taught in various places including
AA in london before he took the position of the head of school of
design in hong kong. His book "An Evolutionary Architecture" (published
1995) establishes relations between evolutionary systems and
computation in architecture, where tangible interfaces play an
important role.

http://www.aaschool.ac.uk/publications/ea/intro.html

Many researchers in the school of design were influenced by his work
and still work on generative design, tangible interfaces and
interaction between real and physical spaces.

i.e. THOMAS FISCHER
http://people.sd.polyu.edu.hk/~sdtom/
http://people.sd.polyu.edu.hk/~sdwing/

i.e. YASU SANTO
http://people.sd.polyu.edu.hk/~sdyasu/

i.e. TIM JACHNA
http://www.sial.rmit.edu.au/People/Timothy_Jachna.php

In addition, JOHN HESKETT just recently joined the school of design,
but he might have more influence on the interaction design education in
hong kong's school of design in the near future.
http://www.id.iit.edu/events/toothpicks.html

To have a better view of the "design education ideology" you can also
have a look at the MDes program offered at the school of design. Here
product and interaction design education are positioned between
cultural identity, local relevance and global competitiveness.
http://www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/mdes/mdes.html

I believe this model was developed and is implemented by Dr. ERIC WEAR,
TAK LEE, TANG, JOHN HESKETT

Furthermore CATHERINE HU actively influences her students work in
interaction design. However, there is not much written down, expect a
few articles on tangible interfaces and collaborative design...
http://pww.evtek.fi/~harria/Siggraph02/content/web_graphics/323-
santo.pdf
dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00779-004-0302-y

hope that helps

nicole

12 Feb 2006 - 3:33pm
Gabriel White
2005

Dave,

The short answer for mainland China is: there isn't really anybody.
The field of interaction design here in China is quite starkly new.

Go to the universities (including the top schools such as the Chinese
Academy of Fine Arts and Tsinghua) and you'll find only a very small
interaction design community being led by freshly graduated teachers
who haven't been trained in the discipline. Typically the courses are
attached to Industrial Design degrees.

In industry, every interaction designer (and they almost never use
this term, "user interface designer" or "gui designer" is the norm)
here is in some way self or peer-taught, gleaning most of what they
know from reading western literature. The only contemporary design
luminaries I'm aware of are young hot graphic or industrial designers
(such as folks like www.rokey.net), but nothing really in the domain
of interaction.

When emails get circulated around my interaction design team, they are
almost always things like translated versions of a Donald Norman
essay, or some other imported western product.

So, there doesn't seem to be any significant local reference point
(yet) for designers here. It will happen soon, though.

As for the cultural considerations, I have no reason to believe that
culture should affect this issue in China.

Also, there was this interesting article about design in Korea
recently: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jan2006/id20060123_015425.htm

Gabe

www.smallsurfaces.com - mobile user interface design and interaction
design resources

> Who are the top luminaries of Interaction Design (define as you think best)
> in South and East Asia.
>
> I know there is good work going on there, but I don't know who is driving
> the community, the education, the theory, and the practice of IxD.
>
> Are there cultural considerations that make it hard for people to "stand
> out" that I am not aware of?
>
> Is there a Jonathan Ive? A Tog? An Alan Cooper? A Gillian Crampton-Smith?
>
> I'd really like to get some sense of the lay of the land in that fairly
> large and well incredibly active design community: India, S. Korea, Japan
> and China leap to mind as national centers of design innovation that must
> have some leadership in practice and education that the practitioners and
> students of those areas all know, read, admire, and "emulate".
>
>
>
> -- dave
>
> David Heller
> http://synapticburn.com/
> http://ixdg.org/
> Dave (at) ixdg (dot) org
> Dave (at) synapticburn (dot) com
> AIM: bolinhanyc || Y!: dave_ux || MSN: hippiefunk(at)hotmail.com || GTalk:
> dheller(at)gmail.com
>
>
>
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13 Feb 2006 - 7:09pm
Raj ratnadev
2006

Hi Everyone,

For India I suggest these names

Pradeep Henry (Cognizant), Alok Jain (Satyam Computers), Dr. Anirudha (IIT bombay).

- Raj

Gabriel White <gabrielwhite at gmail.com> wrote:
[Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted material.]

Dave,

The short answer for mainland China is: there isn't really anybody.
The field of interaction design here in China is quite starkly new.

Go to the universities (including the top schools such as the Chinese
Academy of Fine Arts and Tsinghua) and you'll find only a very small
interaction design community being led by freshly graduated teachers
who haven't been trained in the discipline. Typically the courses are
attached to Industrial Design degrees.

In industry, every interaction designer (and they almost never use
this term, "user interface designer" or "gui designer" is the norm)
here is in some way self or peer-taught, gleaning most of what they
know from reading western literature. The only contemporary design
luminaries I'm aware of are young hot graphic or industrial designers
(such as folks like www.rokey.net), but nothing really in the domain
of interaction.

When emails get circulated around my interaction design team, they are
almost always things like translated versions of a Donald Norman
essay, or some other imported western product.

So, there doesn't seem to be any significant local reference point
(yet) for designers here. It will happen soon, though.

As for the cultural considerations, I have no reason to believe that
culture should affect this issue in China.

Also, there was this interesting article about design in Korea
recently: http://www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/jan2006/id20060123_015425.htm

Gabe

www.smallsurfaces.com - mobile user interface design and interaction
design resources

> Who are the top luminaries of Interaction Design (define as you think best)
> in South and East Asia.
>
> I know there is good work going on there, but I don't know who is driving
> the community, the education, the theory, and the practice of IxD.
>
> Are there cultural considerations that make it hard for people to "stand
> out" that I am not aware of?
>
> Is there a Jonathan Ive? A Tog? An Alan Cooper? A Gillian Crampton-Smith?
>
> I'd really like to get some sense of the lay of the land in that fairly
> large and well incredibly active design community: India, S. Korea, Japan
> and China leap to mind as national centers of design innovation that must
> have some leadership in practice and education that the practitioners and
> students of those areas all know, read, admire, and "emulate".
>
>
>
> -- dave
>
> David Heller
> http://synapticburn.com/
> http://ixdg.org/
> Dave (at) ixdg (dot) org
> Dave (at) synapticburn (dot) com
> AIM: bolinhanyc || Y!: dave_ux || MSN: hippiefunk(at)hotmail.com || GTalk:
> dheller(at)gmail.com
>
>
>
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