Beyond Screen-Based Interactions: Exploring/Rediscovering the Physical Components of Interaction Design

Magnus Feil

February 2011

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A lot of focus in research is directed toward screen based user interface concepts, but concepts rarely go beyond the boundaries of screens.

This talk takes a look at the traditional role of product designers in mediating technology, and explores opportunities where product design complements and influences interaction through physical artifacts.

About the Speaker

Magnus Feil is an Assistant Professor for Industrial Design in the Division of Design, School of Art, at the University of Washington. He received his MFA in Industrial Design from The Ohio State University and a Diplom (FH) from Fachhochschule für Gestaltung, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. He came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar in 2000. His research interests are product design in aviation and medicine; product interaction: control of views, vehicles and robotic platforms, and aspects that guide form in industrial and interaction design. Magnus has received the Red Dot Award for excellence in Design by the Designzentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany in 2002 and the iF product design award of the International Forum Design Hannover, Germany in 2003. Magnus worked as product designer for B/S/H GmbH in Munich, Germany, as a design consultant for Siemens Corporate Research Inc. in Princeton, New Jersey., and as HMI design consultant for Johnson Controls Inc., in Burscheid, Germany.