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Designing (with) Tools — the work of Local Projects

John Ryan
September 17, 2015

Designing (with) Tools — the work of Local Projects

A talk I gave on Local Projects' work for the New York Chapter of the IxDA, on Sept 17 2015.

"As designers, we find ourselves working with increasingly new technologies and data sources — Virtual Reality, quantified-self, RFID, internet of things, interactive architecture, and more. Technological trends change so rapidly: how can we use them in meaningful and enduring ways? This question drives Local Projects, an award-winning experience design and strategy firm. Our work for museums, brands and public spaces invites visitors to… browse an entire art museum with just a facial expression… explore the invisible conversations taking place between smart home devices… become a designer with a digitally-augmented pen… and explore biometric data captured during a museum visit. In this talk John illustrates how our core design principles borrow from the ancient practice of tool-making, with examples from a number of these key innovative projects."

Video here: https://vimeo.com/johndryan/designing-tools

John Ryan

September 17, 2015

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  67. Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a

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  68. Thank You Sources and project links: talks.johndryan.me/post/tools @johndryan, @localprojects localprojects.com