February @WeAreMeld

February started with most of us off exploring various corners of the globe and ended with us all back in the studio with our heads down working hard on some new projects.

We sent Janna and Steve off to the Interaction 12 conference in Dublin. Two years of hard work finally paid off for Steve (who was the Chair of this conference) as the event was a huge success and received positive feedback from the 700-odd participants on the quality of speakers and relevance of topics.

Steve opening the Interaction 12 conference

Janna was publicly thanked for her four-year dedication to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), which included being on the Board, being the President, and being a judge and presenter of the 2012 Interaction Awards. Well done Janna, your efforts were instrumental in growing the size and profile of the IxDA internationally. The mantle of leadership has now been passed on to Steve, who is the new President of the IxDA. Congratulations Steve! (and happy birthday too)

Janna presenting at the 2012 Interaction Awards celebration during the conference, Flickr photo by Ben Arent

While Janna and Steve were in Dublin, Santiago spent some time exploring the beautiful Costa Rica, Kimberley stocked up on wine from the Mornington Peninsula, and Niina studied hard for her P plates. A little delayed perhaps but at least she passed first time round, good work Niina!

For the rest of February we’ve been focusing on work for some fantastic new projects and clients. This has seen us spending more time in Melbourne, with plans for further research throughout Australia in the coming months. We are getting involved in a good range of digital and non-digital projects, and are inspired by the growing number of business executives with a desire to conscientiously design great customer and staff experiences.

We also heard all about the great work that Lauren Tan (@laurentan) recently completed for her PhD on the “7 Roles of the Designer”. Thanks Lauren, you’ve definitely given us a lot of food for thought!

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