4 h. hands-on workshop
Physical architectures and digital architectures now interplay in complicated ways that users can find overwhelming. The clarity that designers create in individual products is lost in the criss-crossing of apps, sites, signs, furniture and products that people encounter as they move through their own homes, buildings and cities. How do we, as information architects, recognise such needs and build structures that enable people to understand and adapt in an attention-seeking environment?
Physical architectures and digital architectures now interplay in complicated ways that users can find overwhelming. The clarity that designers create in individual products is lost in the criss-crossing of apps, sites, signs, furniture and products that people encounter as they move through their own homes, buildings and cities. How do we, as information architects, recognise such needs and build structures that enable people to understand and adapt in an attention-seeking environment? How do we help create respectful, personalised tools that clarify the complexity that people want to be able to choose how to be part of?
This workshop brings together practical work in sensory auditing, wayfinding and cognitive accessibility with research on embodied cognition and information proxemics. It is a live exercise in moving through a building to understand how information architects can work with other professionals to design and develop technologies that empower users as they adapt and change to meet their own wants and needs. Using ideas from both Augmented Reality and Service Design, the workshop is about mapping the multiple ways people encounter information and how they use physical places and mobile devices to support their intents.
The workshop will investigate the issues of personal agency and autonomy that underlie meaning making and decision making. How can we enable people to feel in control when they exist in multiple, possibly conflicting, information spaces that coexist in physical places? This workshop uses examples from the developing area of cognitive accessibility to discuss how all places can be designed to recognise the needs of a neurodiverse population, reduce stress and enable happiness.
Alastair Somerville is a sensory design consultant. He provides specialist advice on cognition and user centred design to companies and public organisations who provide physical and digital products and services. He facilitates workshops on sensory and emotional design for corporations, including Fjord and Google, and major conferences, including SouthBy Southwest (SxSW), UX Week, Interaction and O'Reilly Design. He is currently involved in design for cognitive accessibility projects for public spaces and transport.
EuroIA is the leading Information Architecture (IA) and User Experience (UX) conference for Europe.
EuroIA has travelled through Europe over the years: Brussels, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Paris, Prague, and most recently, in Amsterdam. In 2017 will be in Stockholm for the first time. Learn more about EuroIA.
EuroIA is organised by volunteers all around Europe, with three co-chairs, an active committee and over 35 country ambassadors. Find out who is who at EuroIA.
EuroIA goes to Stockholm, the Capital of Scandinavia, one of the most connected, environmentally friendly and creative cities in the world.
EuroIA 2017 will take place at Elite Hotel Marina Tower, situated in a historic mill on the waterfront, only a few minutes from the city centre.
Elite Hotel Marina Tower Stockholm,
Saltsjöqvarns kaj 25,
131 71 Nacka,
+46 8 555 702 00
The following sponsors have already committed to EuroIA 2017:
FatDUX: Headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, FatDUX creates innovative interactive products that improve the quality of people’s lives and improve their clients’ bottom line. These products include websites, intranets, software applications, and industrial interfaces. You’ll find FatDUX offices and representatives throughout Europe and the Americas.
User Intelligence: User Intelligence is a user experience design and evaluation collective based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Our consultants work on the design and evaluation of complex, interactive products and services, usually applications on websites, mobile phones, interactive TV, or desktops. We always keep the end-user in mind, without losing sight of the business context of our clients.
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