By the way…this looks pretty cool so mark your calendars. Check out Rachel Abrams presentation Thursday, November 13, 2008: Usability & Interaction Inside NYC Taxis — Design Lessons Learned.
What can taxis teach user experience professionals? Design strategist Rachel Abrams spent two years looking at New York through yellow lenses, researching the city’s cab industry. She’ll share the broader design lessons she learned, revealing how those who usually design for the digital world can approach designing for objects and experiences in the real world, how the power of storytelling can elucidate the value of and patterns in data, and where the opportunities lie for service designers working in the public space.
Over the weekend I attended the information session for the School of Visual Arts Masters of Fine Art degree in Interaction Design. The department’s chair, Liz Danzico, an expert in information architecture and usability, gave an impressive overview of the curriculum and introduced several faculty members who spoke about their background and upcoming courses.
Karen McGrane, founding partner of Bond Art+ Science, kicked it off with her “From Typing to Swiping” IGNITE presentation which she plans to use as a base for her 5 week course, History of Interaction Design.
Rachel Abrams, Creative Director, Turnstone Consulting LLC , spoke of her background at the Royal College of Art and her approach to the Strategies in Design course.
Robert Faludi, Resident Researcher, ITP New York University, introduced his Fundamentals of Physical Computing course and got me excited about circuit boards and input/outputs.
Jill Nussbaum, Creative Director, R/GA, spoke about the recent Nike+ project and her course Design in Public Space.
It looks like a fantastic program for people who have a few years experience and want to go back to school full time.