Spanning The Senses In Design

Feb 20, 2020 @ 7 p.m. in San Francisco

So much of the design profession is focused on the visual world, but what about those other senses? How do we shape physical interactions through touch and other senses to create experiences? In this session of Designers + Geeks, we'll be looking at design that spans the senses.

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Christine W Park

Author of "Designing Across Senses"

Designing Across Senses: Multimodal Product Design

Based on the best-selling O'Reilly title, "Designing Across Senses: A Multimodal Approach to Product Design” this talk describes what multimodal design is, it’s core design principles, and how to create multimodal products.

Christine has been a designer, leader, strategist, and author for fifteen years. She has developed new consumer hardware and software used by millions of people around the world, for companies like Intel, Xbox, Samsung, Google. These multimodal products have made their way onto wrists and screens, into pockets, living rooms and public spaces, and span over a dozen interface modes. They have been awarded a Cannes CyberLion, two patents, and extensive media coverage.

Park's book about physical interfaces, Designing Across the Senses: A Multimodal Approach to Product Design, was published by O’Reilly Media in 2018. It is a best-selling title in Design and Usability, and has been presented at SXSW and IXDA.

Alex Driskill-Smith

President of Ultraleap

Alex joined Ultraleap (formerly Ultrahaptics) as Vice President of Business Development (North America) in 2016 and is currently President of Ultraleap Inc. He heads the sales, marketing, product and engineering teams based in Ultraleap’s Silicon Valley office which he opened in 2017. Previously, he was Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Samsung, where he led a team driving innovations and investments in semiconductors, datacenter architecture, human-computer interaction, augmented and virtual reality, and autonomous machines and robotics. He joined Samsung in 2011 through Samsung’s acquisition of Grandis, a semiconductor memory start-up, where he served as Vice President of Business Development. Earlier in his career, he held engineering positions at IBM and Hitachi. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Cambridge, U.K., an M.B.A. degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and eight patents.