Predicting the Past: Emotional Design and a Vision for Microsoft Surface

A new inflection point in human-computer interaction is upon us. Along with other technologies, Microsoft Surface marks a departure from graphical user interface or GUI into the world of Natural User Interface or NUI. This talk begins with discussion of emotional design and its importance in the future of society. The lens shifts to how one design team is thinking about designing for a new era in which emotional intent and intuitive interaction are the imperative. Using theoretical models drawn from a mix of history, science, philosophy, and even video game design, this presentation reveals principles behind experience design for Microsoft Surface and beyond.

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Retrofitting Urban Residential Spaces with a Sense of Suburban Nostalgia: The Community Building Potential of Urban Screens

Urbanely nomadic residents are increasingly forgoing the randomness of locale-based relationships in favour of digitally mediated interactions occurring within the walled garden of their pre-existing social networks. This enhances a sense of community with members of established friendship groups, but what of the interactions with those outside of these networks, such as the inhabitants of residential spaces? The mass adoption of mobile phones and Internet based social networking applications has not, as critics feared, brought about ‘the death of the city’.

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