Translating Interactions

Exploring the future of interaction design as the lines between interface and development get blurred.

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WordBuild: A Workshop in Participatory Design

Participatory Design, over the last 40 years, has begun to infiltrate mainstream commerce and culture in the US. Increasingly our always-on, instant feedback society of users demands a voice in the products, services and environments in which they engage. Many businesses recognize that without user-generated content, they cannot respond quickly and accurately enough to satisfy […]

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If You Can Make It There, You Can Make It Anywhere.

There are few places more competitive than the design world of New York City. Miami design alums have consistently been successful at showing up on the doorstep of the big city, and securing strong internships, full-time and freelance jobs. Many of them have lived in New York for years and have built up quite a […]

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Designer Laurie Haycock Makela to Visit Miami Design This Spring

IT’S NOT BRAIN SURGERY. More performance than lecture, Makela will tell the true, tragic-comic story about her second brain hemorrhage which occurred while she was teaching experience design in Sweden–she focuses on how tragedy triggered an unexpected level of creativity. Makela’s workshop offers each student the opportunity to create a personal healthcare narrative using storytelling (via […]

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An Experience Design Workshop with John Foster

John Foster visited the xd:mfa studio on Friday to lead an iteration and prototyping workshop. Through the workshop, students learned to put the customer/user/student/citizen at the core of everything—a philosophy which melds perfectly with xd:mfa core values: human-centered, research-driven, technology-fueled, colalboratively-crafted. A few takeaways from the experience: —Too often the design is driven by the […]

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Modularity Permeates the Miami Design Studio

What a fantastic weekend! Industrial designer Richard Elaver led the xd:mfa students in a weekend-long Modular Workshop. Students from Graphic Design, Architecture and Sculpture joined with the xd:mfa program to learn what it takes to build an effective modular system. In a 48 hour period, the students shifted rapidly from sketches to prototyping. They examined […]

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Design is About People, Not Design

As designers, it’s easy to slip into the habit of designing for ourselves. Movies, packaging, Pinterest, and our own excitement to create sometimes overrides the true focus of any design outcome… people. This September in my Applied Interaction Design course students and I explored this idea through an assignment titled People-Driven Design that challenged us […]

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