Interaction Design News

Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2012 by Allison Byers

California College of the Arts has been training students in fine arts, architecture, design and writing for more than 100 years, and the school is translating that experience to a cutting-edge interaction design program, which launched in fall 2011.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 by Jim Norrena

Interaction Design chair Kristian Simsarian [photo:]

UX Week is the premier user-experience design conference. Design professionals from all over the world gathered August 23-26 in San Francisco for four days of community, inspiration, and skills building. Among the notable guest speakers was Kristian Simsarian, chair of the Interaction Design Program at California College of the Arts, who was invited to discuss . . . what else? the formation of this exceptional and timely new program.

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Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 by Marion Anthonisen

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We’re all pretty excited about Interaction Design around here. Although the official launch of CCA's newest program is fall 2011, Interaction Design chair Kristian Simsarian taught “Introduction to Interaction Design” in the spring, treating us to a glimpse of what’s to come.

For the course’s final project, teams of student designers redesigned outdated airline user experiences; the resulting concepts were smart, diverse, and entertaining.

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Posted on Monday, May 16, 2011 by Clay Walsh

Students present their final projects in Timken Lecture Hall [photo: Alister Lee]

This spring marked the first course offering from the college’s newest Interaction Design Program—set to officially kick into gear on the San Francisco campus in the fall. "Introduction to Interaction Design," taught by Interaction Design chair Kristian Simsarian, filled to capacity within 48 hours of open registration. The course attracted a diverse array of students, whose backgrounds included graphic design, industrial design, photography, fashion, film, animation, and fine arts.

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Posted on Friday, January 21, 2011 by Lindsey Westbrook

MIT Press, 2010
Hardcover, 240 pages, $29.95

What happens when designers think beyond the object to creative positive, unexpected design experiences? This book by Branko Lukic with text by Barry Katz offers inventive perspectives on design and engineering that help reframe and reinvent the way we think about traditional (and often mundane) objects. Branko Lukic is founder and principal of Nonobject Studio in Palo Alto, which provides design innovation solutions and strategic consulting services to established companies, nonprofit organizations, and startups worldwide. Barry Katz helped to articulate the philosophy of the Nonobject; in addition to serving on CCA's faculty he is also a consulting professor at Stanford University and a fellow at IDEO.

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Posted on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 by Kristian Simsarian

A career in interaction design means a lifetime of creative, ever-changing, exciting, and fulfilling work. Interaction designers work in the real world in a way that connects and contributes. They are making the future every day, so it’s no surprise that they love their careers and never get tired of learning and growing.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 by Chris Bliss

Undergraduate Program in Interation Design chair Dr. Kristian Simsarian (left) cofounded IDEO's Software Experiences Practice

Who will create the future mobile experience, invent the next breakthrough in gaming, change the way we listen to music, and reinvent social networks? A new breed of specialists⎯interaction designers⎯who are taking technology and human interaction to the next level.

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