Celebrating excellence in Interaction Design, one project at a time
I’ve been fortunate to be a part of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), a global design organisation that creates platforms for the community to gather and advance the discipline of Interaction Design. IxDA has truly been my professional home, and over 50,000 other people are also affiliated, and over 120 local groups are around the world (including IxDA Sydney!).
Steve and I have both supported the organisation and community, serving on the global Board of Directors. While Steve currently serves as the President of the Board, I am now serving as the co-chair (with Niklas Mortensen from Oslo, in the picture) of the Interaction Awards, a global awards program celebrating excellence in Interaction Design. We are reaching out to organisations and design schools near and wide, encouraging people to submit their commercial or concept work for consideration.
The thing I really love about the Awards is that it is channel agnostic. It’s not about the best mobile app; it’s not about the best website; it’s not about the best service experience. It’s about the intent. Why does this product/service exist? For whom is it designed? And how well has it met its intent? This is what we talk about day in and out with our clients – design with purpose. Design for the right people, with the right opportunities, and design for impact to those opportunities. Check out the 2012 and 2013 winners to see what I mean.
Submissions are open until 30 September 11:59 EST. I would love to see work from Australia represented. It would be great to showcase the growth of the industry and quality of the work here.