→ To design the futures
we want, we must learn
how to shape conversations,
embodiments of interaction.
→ Understanding four vital
forces of interaction will
drive a critical approach to
the future of design.
→ A designer who
such concepts will be
best positioned to define
meaningful futures for
society and industry.
Indeed, it would be quite hubristic for
me to do so. Instead, I’d like to talk
about what it means to define the future
of interaction design.
While walking around downtown
Palo Alto, near University Avenue,
I came across the offices of the
Institute for the Future. Such a
grand name, right? Of course, it’s
been around for a long time and is
quite legendary. With giant windows
emblazoned with inspiring quotes
about the future, the offices are
beautiful. In particular, I noticed one
brilliant statement by Buckminster
Fuller, who should be well known to
most design students and faculty:
The following essay is based on a
February 2016 lecture at the University
of Notre Dame in Indiana, hosted by the
Department of Art and Design. As an
experienced designer visiting from Silicon
Valley, I was asked to offer some thoughts
on what the future of interaction design
might mean. The audience consisted of
students and faculty in industrial design.
What is the future of interaction
design? That’s a rather loaded
question for anyone, whether casual
observers of the tech industry or
experienced HCI-educated and
design-focused professionals. This
essay offers no bold proclamations.
Uday Gajendar, Principal Designer