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Student Exhibition at CCS

Congratulations to our graduating students 2016!

MIT Media Lab & Design

I believe that by bringing together design and science we can produce a rigorous but flexible approach that will allow us to explore, understand and contribute to science in an antidisciplinary way. — Joi Ito

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, is starting a new journal with MIT Press and MIT Libraries called Design and Science. His introductory post takes the stand that science suffers from narrow vocabularies that create silos of thinking and restrict rich collaboration.

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Design is Conversation

The paper “Cybernetics and Design: Conversations for Action” [PDF] has recently gone to print in a peer-reviewed journal. It offers a rationale for the position that design is conversation; perhaps a surprising idea, but the logic in the paper is rigorous. Cybernetics offers a foundation for 21st-century design practice, here is the core of it:

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Introduction to the CCS MFA in Interaction Design

A video is now posted about the Interaction Design program here at CCS, one of our four MFA programs. Here’s a link to my current thinking about the future of IxD and therefore what interaction designers need for highly successful careers. Have a look and then keep reading here if you’d like to know more context.

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How cybernetics connects computing, counterculture, and design

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Quite a mouthful, that title, but it’s an excellent summary: The connections across those domains are so rich and with so many shared influences, it becomes clear that the history of interaction design—and also its future—is bound up in systems and cybernetics, cultural politics and personalities.

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Designing for the Models in our Heads


From “Using Conceptual Models in Interaction Design” by Hugh Dubberly

When we understand something—let’s say a concept, like a table—we have some formulation of that “in our head”. That formulation is something we can manipulate while we’re thinking or conversing or acting.

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