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IxDA-SF August Event :: The Rhythm of Interaction

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IxDA-SF August Event :: The Rhythm of Interaction

Time: August 16, 2011 from 6:30pm to 9pm
Location: Adaptive Path
Street: Pier 1, Bay 2
City/Town: San Francisco
Website or Map: http://adaptivepath.com/
Event Type: ixdasf, event
Organized By: Maria Cordell
Latest Activity: Aug 16, 2011

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6:30 - 7:00 Mingling and coversation
7:00 - 9:00 Presentation


Space is limited to about 80 attendees. We will keep RSVPs open, but note that we may have to turn some folks away at the door. Arrive early to secure a spot!

The Rhythm of Interaction

Most interactions have an underlying rhythm. For example, an application may ask a user to scan a list of items, then click to select one, leading to another list to scan and click. Scan, click, scan, click. The best such experiences induce a state of flow, in Csikszentmihalyi’s sense, during which users get into such a groove that the mechanics of operating the program disappear, allowing users to focus entirely on meaning. Flow is associated with increased learning and positive feelings. Great flows can even cause users to regard the interaction itself as intrinsically rewarding. (Wouldn’t that be awesome?)

As guardians of dynamic behavior, interaction designers own rhythm. Yet our work practice lacks appropriate tools and vocabulary. How do you portray a groove in a wireframe, flow chart, or PowerPoint deck? This is becoming critically important as things like hover responses, animated transitions and video make their way into more and more interactive experiences. This is in your future.

This session will dive into how we can design pacing, tempo and rhythm into our interfaces, with examples from the presenter and (even better!) the audience. This could include adapting techniques from animation and movies, game systems, audio interfaces, music and choreography.

About Peter Stahl

Peter Stahl has created user experiences for Cisco, eBay, America Online, Microsoft, Netscape and Entrust, among others, for applications as diverse as system management, e-commerce, online conferencing, gesture-based pen computing, 3D social environments and desktop productivity. Currently he leads a team at Cisco developing a library of patterns and components for services applications. He also led the design pattern effort at eBay, where he and Josh Damon Williams of Hot Studio pioneered a new methodology for Interaction Audits. Peter was also impresario of eBay's Polynesian-themed Page Parsing Parties, where designs are deconstructed into their constituent components by engineers and designers wearing grass skirts.

He has been a highly-rated speaker at IA Summit, Web 2.0 Expo, and IxDA conferences. He recently contributed a commentary on design values to Greg Nudelman's book, Designing Search: UX Strategies for eCommerce Success (Wiley).

When he’s not working, Peter can often be found tooting his oboe and English horn in Redwood Symphony, an ambitious community orchestra on the Peninsula. He also publishes his recommendations on California ballot propositions at peterates.com. He holds a degree in music theory and composition from Harvard.

Comment Wall

Comment by Greg Nudelman on August 9, 2011 at 9:43pm
Peter has done some truly amazing work - very few people approach design the way he does, through rythm and music. It was a priviledge having him contribute to my book. I am very excited to attend and wholeheartedly recommend this talk. You will leave with your brain singing and full of ideas. Don't miss it!
Comment by Maria Cordell on April 29, 2011 at 3:48pm
Great to hear! Here he's going to have an opportunity to give the full talk, so we're looking forward to it!
Comment by Alison Boncha on April 29, 2011 at 3:43pm
I heard Peter Stahl give this talk at IxDA11 and it was cut short, but even so, was still great, and he had a mini audience surrounding him during a lunch break to finish it up!

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