Interactive Design Festival: notes from the WIF

I’ve just got back from the international interactive design festival, or WIF (from the original Webdesign International Festival). It’s a meeting of designers linked to the web and interaction (HCI) from around the world who come to talk about the latest trends and ideas.

I was on the jury for the design competition which gave student and corporate teams 24 hours to design a concept and create an interactive prototype. This year the subject was “the school of the future”. The entries were fascinating and most were impressive, especially given the limited time available.

Unusually for events like this, it takes place in Limoges, a town in the centre of France which is better known for porcelain and quiet country life than for international events. This gives it a different feel from the London and Paris roadshow corporate events, though it limits somewhat the audiences. Overall the WIF was a great experience and I hope to be able to attend next time it’s organised in an active capacity.

While the teams were busy sweating, I had some time to attend the many workshops and conferences (talks, really) and meet some very interesting design professionals. I thought I might share my notes, including my poor sketches which are nothing like the wonderful Sketch Notes by Eva Lotta Lamm.

Download them / view the PDF here => notes from the Wif 2012

I took notes in French and English.

  • Rémy Bourganel on developing design culture in the workplace, post modernism and some of the paradoxes [English]
  • Jon Kolko on social entrepreneurship and wicked problems: not all design problems are equally worth your time [English]
  • Béatrice Gisclard on eco-design, which design processes are necesssary for sustainability, and a showcase of interesting ideas for paradigm changes [French]
  • Nicolas Leduc on design innovation in times of crises – complexity in design, the role of the designer [French]
  • Nicolas Nova on user understanding in interaction design, research methods, ethnography and longitudinal studies [French]

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