Designing Consent into Conversational Spaces – Digital spaces, digital communication, and social media platforms are changing the ways in which people create language, use language, and engage with language. Conversations can be shared and stored, as data, in so many ways than ever before. These spaces engender new kinds of discovery and interaction, including harassment and political organization. What is the role of design within this space? Can design mitigate harassment in decentralized spaces while still offering the ability to converse and promote safety while offering users actually agency within a system? Caroline Sinders believes that it can. In this talk she aims to cover the implications and intersections of design, harassment, privacy, language, users' rights, and data within social networks.
Mapping the Powers That Be –
Over the past century, journalists, activists, and artists – from the early muckrakers, to civil rights movement researchers, to the artwork of Mark Lombardi – have used the methods of power structure research to analyze and challenge power networks in American society, often to extraordinary effect. In an era marked by unprecedented concentrations of wealth and power, the need for this research is especially clear. This talk will explore current modes of power structure research and future possibilities, with a focus on two online tools: LittleSis.org and Oligrapher.
Teaching, Tools, and the Trade – Ben Fry is principal of Fathom, a design and software consultancy located in Boston. He received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information.
He is the author of Visualizing Data (O’Reilly, 2007) and the co-author, with Casey Reas, of Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (MIT Press, 2007) and Getting Started with Processing (O’Reilly, 2010), which describe the project they co-founded in 2001. Ben’s work was part of the Whitney Biennial in 2002 and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial in 2003 and 2006. His information graphics have also illustrated articles for the New York Times, New York Magazine, and the journal Nature. Ben was selected as one of Fast Company’s 50 Most Influential Designers in America (2011) and as one of Slate’s Top Right (2011). In 2011, Ben won the National Design Award for Interaction Design.
C3PO, R2D2, & Iron Man: Relationships with Machines – With the proliferation of (ro)bots, neural networks, and other forms of automation, machine intelligence is playing an ever larger role in our everyday lives. But what form will our relationships with machines take? Will they replicate us, give us superpowers, or become companion “others”? As designers, we play an increasingly important role in shaping what our future interactions with machine intelligence look like. How can we apply thoughtful and critical design processes to create collaborations with automated systems that augment our abilities while respecting both our own humanity and the machine-ness of machines?