14 episodes

Candid conversations with designers from around the world, recognizing design excellence via the global Interaction Awards. Enjoy deep dives into delightful wins, juicy lessons, and thoughtful forecasts about the evolution of interaction design.

The Interaction Awards are the Interaction Design Association’s (IxDA) global celebration of excellence. The Awards highlight best-in-class interaction design in an active community of 100k+ members worldwide with winners and finalists announced annually during Interaction Week and showcased thereafter within the IxDA’s living library of excellence.

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Candid conversations with designers from around the world, recognizing design excellence via the global Interaction Awards. Enjoy deep dives into delightful wins, juicy lessons, and thoughtful forecasts about the evolution of interaction design.

The Interaction Awards are the Interaction Design Association’s (IxDA) global celebration of excellence. The Awards highlight best-in-class interaction design in an active community of 100k+ members worldwide with winners and finalists announced annually during Interaction Week and showcased thereafter within the IxDA’s living library of excellence.

    14. Talking with Jury Members Andrea Mignolo and Dara Oke

    14. Talking with Jury Members Andrea Mignolo and Dara Oke

    The 2021 Interaction Awards here! But before we all get together for the big night, we are pleased to share another very special conversation with two additional jury members of this year’s awards: Dara Oke (product designer at Netflix) and Andrea Mignolo (VP/Board of Directors at IxDA and executive coach at Method & Matter).

    Dara and Andrea share details of their current work; how they got involved with this year’s Interaction Awards; how they define “Interaction Design” in today’s world; as well as insights into the categories they were responsible for overseeing.



    LINKS:



    Andrea Mignolo’s Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/pnts



    Method & Matter (Andrea’s Executive Coaching)

    https://methodandmatter.com



    Dara Oke’s Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/daraoke



    Dara Oke’s website:

    http://daraoke.co



    Amazon Design

    http://amazon.design



    awards.ixda.org / @ixdawards on Twitter / @ixdawards on Instagram

    • 26 min
    13. Talking with Jury Members Catt Small and Andrés Burbano

    13. Talking with Jury Members Catt Small and Andrés Burbano

    The 2021 Interaction Awards are fast approaching, and as we get closer to the big night, we are pleased to share a very special conversation with two of this year’s jury members: Catt Small (product designer at Asana; developer & game maker) and Andrés Burbano (Associate Professor of Design at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia).

    Catt and Andrés share aspects their professional background; how they got involved with this year’s Interaction Awards; their take on the themes they saw coming out of this year’s project submissions; details of the award categories they were responsible for leading; and what it was like for them to choose the best examples of interaction design in the middle of a global pandemic.



    LINKS:



    Amazon Design

    https://amazon.design



    Catt Small’s website:

    https://cattsmall.com



    Catt Small on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/cattsmall



    Andrés Burbano’s website:

    http://www.burbane.net



    “Critical Zones” (Andrés’ latest project)

    https://zkm.de/en/event/2020/06/terrestrial-university-of-volcanoes-and-immersive-technology



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    • 36 min
    12. A Conversation with Brenda Sanderson

    12. A Conversation with Brenda Sanderson

    In this episode of Distinguished Design, our host Diego Pulido had the pleasure of talking at length with the Interaction Design Association’s Executive Director: Brenda Sanderson.

    Brenda shares with our audience how the idea of the Interaction Awards came to be what it’s been for the last decade; the intricacies behind her role as IxDA’s Executive Director; her thoughts on the meaning and evolution of the different award categories; as well as the challenges and lessons learned from organizing this year’s Interaction Awards in the middle of a global pandemic.



    LINKS:



    IxDA Slack Channel:

    http://ixda.slack.com



    Brenda Sanderson on LinkedIn:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brendasanderson/



    Brenda Sanderson on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/brendamontreal



    Brenda Sanderson on Instagram

    https://www.instagram.com/brendamontreal/

    https://www.instagram.com/brendarunsfarther/



    awards.ixda.org / @ixdawards on Twitter / @ixdawards on Instagram

    • 31 min
    11. Previous Award Winners’ Stories (Part 3)

    11. Previous Award Winners’ Stories (Part 3)

    This is the third and final episode in which our hosts Nisha Agrawal and Diego Pulido conversations with previous Interaction Awards winners.

    Nisha talks with Andreas Refsgaard, who back in 2017 won an Interaction Award for “Best Student” with his project called “Eye Conductor”, which was also a finalist in the “Empowering” and “Expressing” categories. This project shows how it’s possible for people (specially those with certain physical disabilities) to express themselves through music only using their eyes and facial gestures.

    Diego talks with Simone Rebaudengo. He won two Interaction Awards: one for best in the “Engaging” category, and another for Best in Show. Both of the awards were for his project called “Addicted Products”. With this project, Simone used the concept of a smart kitchen appliance as a way to question our relationship with such products, as well as the implications of designing connected devices.

    Andreas and Simone share their memories of what it was like to submit their project; what it felt like to have their project short-listed; and the impact being recognized at the Interaction Awards has had on their careers.



    LINKS:

    “Eye Conductor” (2017  Interaction Awards)

    https://awards.ixda.org/entry/2017/eye-conductor/

    “Addicted Products” (2014 Interaction Awards)

    https://awards.ixda.org/entry/2014/addicted-products/



    awards.ixda.org / @ixdawards on Twitter / @ixdawards on Instagram

    • 39 min
    10. Previous Award Winners’ Stories (Part 2)

    10. Previous Award Winners’ Stories (Part 2)

    In this episode, our hosts Nisha Agrawal and Diego Pulido share a couple of more conversations with previous Interaction Awards winners.

    Nisha talks with Manasi Vaidya and Ridhima Bhutani. The submission for which they won an Interaction Award earlier in 2020 was called “Enhans”, which is a system designed to improve doctor-patient communication within the NeuroImaging and Interventional Radiology (NIIR) Department at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, India.

    Diego talks with Sreyan Ghosh. He won an award back in 2017 in the “Expressing” category for “Best Concept” with his submission called “Together Radio”. This concept enables a one-sided live narration from a woman who has been a victim of abuse while other victims can join in to listen and sympathise with her through touch.

    Manasi, Rodhima and Sreyan share their memories of what it was like to submit their project; what it felt like to have their project short-listed; and the impact being recognized at the Interaction Awards has had on their careers.



    LINKS:



    “Enhans:  (2020 Interaction Awards)

    https://awards.ixda.org/entry/2020/enhans-reimagining-doctor-patient-communication-at-nimhans/



    “Together Radio” (2017 Interaction Awards)

    https://awards.ixda.org/entry/2017/together-radio-an-anonymous-support-group-network/



    awards.ixda.org / @ixdawards on Twitter / @ixdawards on Instagram

    • 45 min
    9. Previous Award Winners's Stories

    9. Previous Award Winners's Stories

    In this episode, our hosts Nisha Agrawal and Diego Pulido share their conversations with previous Interaction Awards winners.

    Nisha talks to Darren David, CEO of Stimulant in San Francisco, who won 2 Interaction Awards in 2012: one in the “Expressing” category, and the other for “Best in Show” with LoopLoop: an interactive music toy for Sifteo Cubes

    Diego talks with Kirsten Southwell, creative director of the Art Institute of Chicago, who was an Interaction Awards finalist in 2013 for “Rehearsal”: an app concept for practicing musicians.

    Darren and Kirsten share their memories of what it was like to submit their project; what it felt like to have their project short-listed; and the impact being recognized at the Interaction Awards has had on their careers. 



    EPISODE LINKS:

    “LoopLoop” (2012  Interaction Awards) - https://awards.ixda.org/entry/2012/looploop/

    Sifteo Cubes - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sifteo_Cubes

    “Rehearsal” (2013 Interaction Awards) - https://awards.ixda.org/entry/2013/rehearsal-an-app-for-practicing-musicians/

    awards.ixda.org / @ixdawards on Twitter / @ixdawards on Instagram

    • 36 min

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