August de los Reyes – Predicting the past

Web Directions South 2008, Sydney Convention Centre, September 25 4.05pm.

Session description

A new inflection point in human-computer interaction is upon us. Along with other technologies, Microsoft Surface marks a departure from graphical user interface or GUI into the world of Natural User Interface or NUI. This talk begins with discussion of emotional design and its importance in the future of society. The lens shifts to how one design team is thinking about designing for a new era in which emotional intent and intuitive interaction are the imperative. Using theoretical models drawn from a mix of history, science, philosophy, and even video game design, this presentation reveals principles behind experience design for Microsoft Surface and beyond.

About August de los Reyes

Portrait of August de los ReyesAugust de los Reyes is the Principal Design Director for Microsoft Surface. August applies his research work in emotion and design to shipping products at Microsoft. August is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He was a 2007-2008 Visiting Associate at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. As a guest faculty member at the University of Washington, he will lead the graduate seminar in design this winter. He is currently writing his next book, entitled The Poetics of Everyday Objects.

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