We're moving toward a world where the objects and spaces around us are imbued with a level of interactivity far richer than the phones and laptops that we spend so much time with today. As this transition takes place, it will no longer be meaningful to distinguish between the “interface” to an object or space and the object or space itself. As we shift away from traditional display screens, we need a new set of design principles to ensure that the interactivity we bring into the physical world enhances our daily experience rather than detracting from it, and that it connects us to each other rather than isolating us. Our designs should empower people to be the authors of their own experiences.
James Patten will present a series of design principles and related projects, drawn from Patten Studio’s interactive activations and internal R&D work, that highlight the studio’s vision for our future relationship to technology.