Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA

Understanding industrial design: Principles for UX and interaction design

Simon King (CMU Design Center)
4:35pm Thursday, 01/21/2016
The new fundamentals
Location: Southside Theater
Average rating: ****.
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Throughout the last century, the discipline of industrial design refined an understanding of how to design physical products for people. Interaction designers who are working on UX for IoT should look to the principles of industrial design for inspiration and grounding. The context and capabilities may be different, but the core qualities that define the products we love to live with have not changed.

Simon King draws from his forthcoming O’Reilly book by the same name, exploring three of the book’s seven principles—Sensorial, Playful, and Simple—through historical context, design theory, and tangible examples that can inform and inspire designers of any background.

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Simon King

CMU Design Center

Simon King is a Design Director at IDEO where he helps organizations launch products and services that make the world more responsive, connected, and humane. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan and an MDes in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon. He advocates for hybrid designers that span traditional disciplines in his book Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design, published on O’Reilly. He’s easily excited by new ways of prototyping, elegant data design, thoughtful storytelling, and nerdy debates.
Simon holds a master of design in interaction design from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Western Michigan University. His book Understanding Industrial Design: Principles for UX and Interaction Design, will be published by O’Reilly Media in February 2016 and is in early release now.