In 1925 architect and designer, Le Corbusier, laid the foundation for modern design by making a call for humans and products to live proportionally and harmoniously. Sounds good right? He stated that design should act as extensions of our limbs, but he also proclaimed, “the human-limb object is a docile servant. A good servant is discreet and self-effacing in order to leave his master free.” While today, we don’t talk in masters and servants, 88 years later this paradigm still persists in our relationships with technology— technology has taken on the role of master while we have become the servants. What does the future of human-to-technology relationships look like? What can we do right now in interaction design to begin the journey towards healthy relationships with our software, apps and websites?

Fawn Ellis, Lead Experience Designer at Adaptive Path, will answer some of these relational questions through the lens of social science. She will explain what it takes to create and maintain healthy relationships between humans and how this can be adapted to technology and digital products. She will also pinpoint relational qualities which just haven’t been designed for yet. Find out which ones are still needed and thus open the door for future innovations.

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