IxDA Portland: Interaction '13 Conference Redux!

Mar 20, 2013 · Portland, United States of America
You are invited to an evening of food, drinks and thought provoking presentations revisiting the topics of the 2013 international IxDA conference that was held in Toronto, Canada this January.
Join the rest of the Portland IxD community in conversation while enjoying music, snacks, and beverages at Ziba's auditorium, located in the Pearl District. The evening's agenda includes live encore presentations and a special group panel from local Portland designers. 
Speaker Lineup:
My Dear Watson: Personality for Smart Applications
Nicki Vance, UX Designer, Citizen, Inc
Smart devices are only recently starting to use their “smarts” with applications like Google Now and Apple's Siri. How do you design the user experience for an application with access to data about your mood, your schedule, and your physical activity levels? If it played an active role, what would it tell you about yourself? How could it help you? How would it initiate interactions with you? We humans are skeptical of our technology and who we share personal information with. Smart apps need to be able to build and maintain our trust and the key is in accuracy and personality

Navigating the Media Minefield 
Ryan Coulter and Greg Martin, Senior Interaction Designer, Ziba Design
So you’re designing a media UI — the one, multi-platform content solution that finally solves the living room, forever. It’ll be thoughtful, coherent, social and beautful to behold. It will succeed where Netflix, AppleTV, Google and Amazon have failed.
Here’s the problem: media delivery is a mud pit filled with razor blades, and the obstacles that can shred the most artful design aren’t obvious until it’s too late. In the breadth of its user base and the thorniness of its business considerations, the entertainment industry is unique, and demands a unique approach. Many familiar best practices, like identifying user targets and getting designers a seat at the decision-making table, are just as true here as anywhere else. But many more are not.
Our interaction design teams have spent five years and thousands of design hours working on media UI projects for a wide range of technology and entertainment clients. In that time, we’ve been surprised by research findings, interaction and recommendation patterns, development issues, and the strange legal and business considerations of Hollywood, and we’ve seen a few patterns emerge. This presentation, by the creative director and interaction designer most enmeshed in Ziba’s media interface projects, gets beneath the surface to unearth the real considerations that will make or break anything media related.

"Data Depth and Ingenuity.”
Panel with Todd Silverstein – Vizifiy, Co-founder and CEO
Matthew Baranauskas – Ziba, Sr. Interaction Designer
Christopher Rivard – Jive Software, Sr. Product Designer
moderated by Noah Dijulio - Ziba, Sr. Interaction Designer 
Conversations around Big Data seem to be happening everywhere. Companies like GE and Amazon are investing heavily in capturing and monitoring data in hopes that it will lead to performance enhancements and better customer service. However, these advancements depend on understanding what to track and how to create value from the increasing amount of data.
Join us as we build off the panel discussion in Toronto, and debate the challenges facing businesses and consumers today. We will discuss how successful companies are applying Big Data, issues of Privacy and Ownership, and the role of Interaction Design in creating meaningful experiences.
 Conference lightning recap
Doug Merritt - Citizen, Inc., Visual Designer


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