I promised a more optimistic post about the rest of CHI, so here’s a quick round-up of the cool talks, projects, people, and generally awesome things I saw at CHI.
- Silvia Lindtner talking about hackerspaces in China.
- Steve Jackson talking about “broken world thinking.”
- Jin-Min Seok talking about non-finito, designing the intentionally unfinished, allowing room for things to grow and adapt.
- Mark Blythe‘s work with design fiction on the digital originals project, which was the best use of potatoes in a presentation I’ve ever seen.
- Andrew Quitmeyer‘s talk on teaching digital craft – specifically the Paint Pulse project, which pairs ebru (marbling) with arduinos and magnetic paints.
- Jessica Pater talking about the online community of Something Awful forums.
- Someone (I can’t find in my notes who) paraphrasing Mitch Hedberg: Escalators never break, they just become stairs. I would like to see more HCI that breaks like an escalator.
- Seeing this crazy music interaction pulley-machine in person.
- Laura Butrick for the erotic approach to design fiction, which led to some really great discussion about the nature of our relationships with technology (in terms of intimacy and dominance).
- Tom Giraud’s artwork/study on the body, identity, self, medical imaging, views of insides and outsides, which was too cool not to embed directly here.
Primary Intimacy of Being by Ikse Maître from Le Pixel Blanc on Vimeo.