Posts Tagged ‘ciid’

Want to be an interaction designer?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The deadline for applications for the CIID Interaction Design Programme is May 3rd! I can only recommend doing this, if you’re interested in interaction design. Here’s the official announcement:

Dear All -

In parallel with the launch of our new website, we are very pleased to announce the opening of the application process for our next generation of students.

As an education concerned with the broad potential of design and technology, the CIID Interaction Design Programme is looking for a wide diversity of students. We plan to have a class of 25 people and welcome applicants from all over the world with educational backgrounds in varying disciplines. You should be curious and creative, enthusiastic about design and have the desire to study in a cross-disciplinary environment. Whether you’re currently studying or working, you should be interested in the connections between education and interaction design practice.

To find out more about the application process and requirements please refer to the website: – there is a list of FAQs but if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

The curriculum teaches students to apply technology to everyday life through the design of software, products and services. We believe in a hands-on and user-centered approach to interaction design. Students learn the programming and electronics skills needed to work with technology as a design medium. They conduct user-research and experience prototyping to provide real-world grounding to their concepts. Frequent work in multi-disciplinary teams encourages peer-to-peer learning and a diverse selection of visiting faculty exposes students to a range of expertise.

You can view documentation of the course and student projects here:

Please feel free to distribute and post this information widely.

Kind regards,

Alie Rose
PR & Communications

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design

mobile: +45 2090 5005
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Cool! Our Nokia concept at FastCompany

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

It’s always nice to see other people mention your work, especially when it’s FastCompany!

Check out this well written article by Kit Eaton at FastCompany.


Deadline getting closer…

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Only five more days to go before the final exams start. Here’s a little taste of what I’ve been doing for the last couple of months. More info will be available very soon!


What kind of cactus is this?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Simona (the head of our programme at CIID/DKDS) gave everybody a small cactus, that she thought suited our personality. She gave me this one:

It kind of looks like a brain – but a very small one. Not really sure what that means :)

First version of the Braitenberg vehicles

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

My thesis at CIID is about objects with personality and the different ways there are to implement “artificial” personality in otherwise stupid objects. As part of my research I have decided to take a closer look at Valentino Braitenberg’s work with synthetic psychology in the beginning of the 80′s. Especially his investigations in the book “Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology” where he designed the rather famous Braitenberg vehicles.

The vehicles are extremely simple electronic objects, that seem to show a specific personality from their actions. The interesting thing is, that they are in fact extremely stupid, but because we (humans) only look at their actions without knowing why they act as they do, we tend to project our own logic and reason to them and thereby give them a personality that they actually don’t have. It sounds a bit complicated, but actually it isn’t – it’s just because I can’t explain it properly yet :)

I decided to base them on Arduino, though it might be overkill – the reason I did it is to keep flexibility, so that I later can upload more advanced firmware to the bots. Here’s a photo I took of one of my boards – unfortunately I put it upside down!

Anyway, of course I also snapped some photos of the first vehicle and it’s half-finished sibling today. Here they are:

Braitenberg vehicle - side view

You can see more photos in my Flickr photoset.

Bang & Olufsen

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Last week we (the CIID/DKDS Pilot Year) visited a bunch of different companies. One of them was Bang & Olufsen, makers of extraordinary hi-fi equipment. Sorry for being such a geek, but I really love the old Bang & Olufsen designs. These five are my favourites (actually the MX tv should be here as well, but I didn’t get any shots of it):

B&O TV set

B&O tape recorder

Old B&O record player cabinet

B&O TV set

B&O Stereo

And as a small bonus, a close-up of the Beosound 5 controls and the Beo 5 remote – extremely well-engineered aluminum parts. Maybe a bit over-engineered actually?

B&O Beosound 5

Here’s the Beo 5 remote. I still don’t know what I think about the design though.

B&O Beo 5 remote

And finally: B&O’s office and factory buildings are in general a bit boring, but the newest one was actually quite interesting. Here’s a couple of shots from the inside.

B&O building from inside

Eline's feet on B&O's glass floor

You can see a lot more photos from our industry visits in my Flickr gallery.

Rock is the new swivel

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

I’ve wanted to write this post for about 6 months now. And now I’m finally doing it! Hooray!

One of the first quick foundations courses we had was with Massimo Banzi and Gwendolyn Floyd, where we explored and played with physical computing. First week we played with the basics of Arduino and serial communication. That’s where I built a couple of small (and stupid, but cute) robots with Jason. Second week I worked with Eilidh and Ashwin on a self-chosen concept within the realm of physical computing and networked objects. We decided that we wanted to design for “Guerilla free-time”, in other words the project was a comment on how technology that is supposed to give us more free-time, actually ends up stealing our time, because everything becomes more and more efficient.


We set our context in busy office environments where people often isolate themselves in their cubicles, staring at the screen all day. The only times they take breaks is when they walk to and from the coffee machine or when they have lunch. We knew that we probably couldn’t convince people to take extra breaks, so we decided to tap into the existing “break-facilitator” of the workplace: the coffee machine. Getting a cup of coffee usually takes less than a minute, and then you’re back at your desk. We wanted to extend that time to a little more than a minute.


We decided to make a coffee machine that requires you to take a break, to get your coffee. We did it by hacking a coffee machine and a rocking chair, so that when you sat down in the rocking chair and started rocking, the coffee machine would start brewing you a nice cup of coffee. In addition to that, you would get a relaxing Gilbert O’Sullivan tune playing – and working as an indicator for when your coffee is ready. If you stop rocking or leave the chair, the chair will warn you by fading out the music. If you still aren’t rocking, the coffee machine turns off.


We did that by making a special plugboard, that could be controlled wirelessly (Arduino and Xbee) that the coffee machine was plugged into. Under the chair we put another Xbee equipped Arduino with an accelerometer, hooked it up with a hacked El-Cheapo mp3-player and a small Nokia speaker.