CIID: Designing Connected Objects (London)
Designing Connected Objects
With the proliferation of accessible hardware prototyping technologies, the creation of connected IoT devices is now within anyone’s reach. However, with these possibilities comes responsibility: how do we design products that add real value to people’s lives, rather than just creating more electronic junk with built-in obsolescence?
This intensive workshop will focus on the qualities that make a truly great IoT product and will equip you with the critical thinking and tools to build your own. We will focus on the qualitative and conceptual rather than technical aspects of connected objects, making this course suitable for people of any background. In a series of guided exercises, you will successively prototype tangible interfaces, connected objects, and smart objects, producing tangible outcomes at each step along the way.
- Principles of tangible vs. digital interfaces
- Considerations for connected objects
- Designing for smart objects
- Tools and methods for people-centric design
- Simple and effective prototyping of connected devices using Arduino tools
Tools & Skills
Rather than teaching technical skills, the course will focus on qualitative considerations in designing the next generation of connected products. Although this course is highly focused on hands-on prototyping, we will only use simple and commonly available tools so that you can continue learning at home.
No coding, electronics, or design background is required.
This course is ideal for...
Anyone working at a hardware company or looking to start one, as well as both designers and non-designers who want to better understand the possibilities, trends, and considerations in an emerging field. Also ideal for makers looking to put their skills in perspective.
IoT, connected products, tangible interfaces, physical computing, prototyping, people-centered design, learning by doing, critical design
Be sure to check out our Service Design course immediately following this workshop.