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Making things people want, Not making people want things with Phillip Hunter

April 30, 2013          

Episode Summary

In this episode of the Digital Life , we explore the topic “Making things people want, Not making people want things” — inspired by a blog post by Phillip Hunter, a designer for Microsoft, who joins us for Five Questions. Are people today looking for “a way to reconnect with their values: to ground how they can, will, and should live in the world,” as John Maeda suggests, in a recent article? Or, as Phillip postulates, is this really not such a new thing after all? Have people have always been looking for this manifestation of values? In this podcast episode, we discuss design for values and investigate whether or not there is indeed a new shift toward this way of thinking.

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Interaction13 Redux with Suzanne EL-Moursi and Alok Nandi

February 28, 2013          

Episode Summary

The IxDA’s sixth annual conference, Interaction13, held in Toronto, Canada, was organized around the theme “Social Innovation with Impact”, celebrating 10 years of the Interaction Design Association. In this episode of The Digital Life, we conduct a roundtable discussion with the Chair of Interaction13 and the Chair of the upcoming Interaction14. We explore the purposes and outcomes of that conference, and its bold mandate to inspire designers to make an impact, on the social fabric of their communities, organizations, and the whole of society.

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The future of design education with Haig Armen and Dave Malouf

January 7, 2013          

Episode Summary

In the January, 2013 episode of The Digital Life, we tackle the topic of interaction design education with special guests Haig Armen and Dave Malouf. Design education — whether formal or informal — can be difficult to properly frame. Young designers require both an understanding fundamental principals coupled with real life project experience that involve ever-changing technologies. The cross-pollination of these areas, the search for a stable curriculum, and a host of other related subjects form the core of our discussion on the evolution and future of design education.