design berries

My name is Cathie Toshach and I'm an Interaction Designer. Design Berries is a stream of top-of-mind inspiration, which may or may not have anything to do with interaction design.

“ My reliance on organisation is constantly battling my attempts to live in the moment. But there’s no way I could do one without the other. My life is organised so I can be free to live it, free from anxiety and disarray. Free to create something worth saving. Worth organising. We often think of organisation - whether through site architecture or classification or simple groupings - as a way of finding things, as a road map toward hidden ideas and actions. But we rarely think of organisation as a form of memory, using the connections between items to form a better understanding of the things we’ve already experienced. ”

—    by Corey Vilhauer
Offscreen Magazine, Issue No. 5

Clean design for tangible interactions saving advanced (or less frequent) functionality to a complimentary GUI interface.

Smarter Objects by Fluid Interfaces

“ If you spend your life doing what you love, the speed at which the world goes on and changes around you is irrelevant. ”

—    

Milton Glaser

via swissmiss

Interaction design is not just about screens it’s about engaging with one another and with one’s environment. Technology enables interaction design but is should not longer define it.

Connecting by Bassett & Partners

An interactive media installation created in collaboration with Mike Allison. A stretched sheet of spandex acts as a membrane interface sensitive to depth that people can push into and create fire-like visuals and expressively play music.

(Source: vimeo.com)

As organizations shift from neatly ordered hierarchies to chaotic, flattened “heterarchies,” where anyone can “friend the CEO,” a new generation of tools will be invented that will allow design and technology to enable leaders to make true connections among people and inspire change.

Just as design enabled us to have an emotional connection with a piece of glass and aluminum that lives in our pocket, design and technology together will restore some of the humanity in what it means to lead in the 21st century.

—    John Maeda | via swissmiss
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