Calm Technology at IoT Fuse Conference in Minneapolis!

Part of my Calm Technology Book Tour this year will take me to the IoT Fuse Conference in Minneapolis, MN!

Now in its second year, IOT Fuse, a Minnesota-based conference to spark the Internet of Things, is an event focused on uniting doers, makers and hackers with executives, entrepreneurs and innovators.


I’ll be presenting the opening keynote speech on Friday, April 22 from 8:15am – 9:30am. The World Is Not a Desktop.

Speech Description
How can you design technology that becomes a part of a user’s life and not a distraction from it? Amber Case explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing a user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time. Author Amber Case presents ideas first introduced by researchers at Xerox PARC in 1995, and explains how they apply to our current technology landscape, especially the Internet of Things. We’ll discuss the importance and challenge of designing technology that respects our attention, principles of calm design—peripheral attention, context, and ambient awareness and calm communication patterns—improving attention through a variety of senses.

Jetlag and Sleep – Data Visualization with SleepCycle for iPhone

I recently flew to Istanbul, Turkey for part of my book tour on Calm Technology! I always use the SleepCycle app (iPhone and Android) to track my sleep and wake me up in the right sleep cycle. I came back with some great Jetlag graphs this time and wanted to share!


Sleep Cycle App


A Good Night of Sleep

Here is a graph of a solid night of sleep for me. The ups and downs are different stages of sleep. Some are deep, and others are REM sleep where I have dreams!



Jetlag Graphs


Apr 08 – First night at the hotel in Istanbul 

This is a graph of the first night of my trip. I took a melatonin pill 30 minutes before bed and listened to a podcast to fall asleep. I stayed asleep until 3 or 4 in the morning and tried very hard to go back to sleep. Eventually I did, but at a cost to my overall sleep. I can always tell when I have Jetlag when I have very plain sleep graphs without any REM sleep, and this one shows the Jetlag well!



April 11 – Another night of Jetlag 

I slept better through the night this time, but I ended up waking up a few hours before my alarm clock. You can see it at the end of the sleep recording below.



Back in the United States – More Jetlag! 

The first night I got back from the trip I took a melatonin and went to sleep around 9pm. Then I woke up at 5am and tried to go back to sleep I had to be up around 7a for a speech at Design Week Portland! You can see the little dip between 6 and 7am where I managed to kind of fall asleep before being woken up by my alarm clock.



Jetlag without Melatonin 

I had a long and exciting day at Design Week Portland and fell asleep as soon as I got home. I fell asleep so quickly that I forgot to take any Melatonin, so I woke up around 3:30am. I tried to go back to sleep a number of times, but failed. Finally I fell asleep at 6am, only to wake up around 7am (before my alarm clock went off). I got dressed and headed to give a talk at University of Oregon’s What is Media? Conference! I was exhausted, but exhilarated. The conference was absolutely fantastic and kept me very awake!



14.5 hours of sleep (and dreams!) 

After two days of conferences, I was really worn out, but I was also very satisfied. The next day was Sunday, so I planned to sleep in. I set my alarm clock for 1pm so I could sleep as long as I needed. I popped a Melatonin and played a podcast to go to sleep. The result? 14 hours of sleep and a lot of great dreams. This is how I knew I was back to normal. No more flat line sleep!


What do you think? Do you record your sleep? What’s the best night you’ve had? Worst? Do you record your sleep and watch your own Jetlag as well? What’s your best tip for getting over it?

You can also download SleepCycle here!

Upcoming Speech: Design Week Portland 2016


I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at this year’s Design Week Portland! Even better, I’ll be introducing one of my idols, anthropologist Genevieve Bell from Intel! She’ll be talking about the Internet of Beings! The internet of animals is more than just Keyboard Cat and animated gifs. Intel’s in-house Anthropologist will explore what we learn from data mining animals.

What is Design Week Portland?
Short answer: it’s amazing and you should definetely participate!

Longer answer: Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design across all disciplines. Our mission is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.



Main Stage: April 15-16, 2016
Revolution Hall, Portland, OR
Two days of core programming before the festival kicks into independently organized Events and Open Houses. Register for the Main Stage!

Independent Events
The heart and soul of Design Week Portland is in these events, conceived and hosted by the creative community of an entire city. Most are free or low cost to make design accessible to all. Register for each event separately – there is no central pass. See Portland Design Week Independent Events.

Open Houses
Studios and offices around the city will open their doors to us to show what they’re working on! I’d highly suggest visiting as many as you can!

Want to learn more?
Read more about Design Week from Portland’s must-follow startup and tech blog, SiliconFlorist!


Calm Technology at the University of Oregon’s What is Media Conference, April 16th, 2016!

What is Media Conference

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the University of Oregon’s What is Media conference on Saturday, April 16th 2016 at 9:40am! My talk will be on Calm Design: Principles and Patterns for Non-Intrusive Media.

Thursday, April 14th

  • Pre-Conference Roundtable
  • Conference kick-off and 2016 Johnston Lecture
  • Opening Exhibition and Reception

Friday, April 15th

  • Lunch; coffee service and refreshments
  • Northwest Film Center in the Portland Art Museum

Saturday, April 16th

  • Lunch; coffee service and refreshments
  • Closing Reception

Full Schedule


The conference and exhibition take place at the University of Oregon in Portland, located in the historic White Stag Block of the city’s Old Town at 70 NW Couch St., Portland, Oregon, 97209.

Register for the Conference!

Want to go? Register here for What is Media! A student ticket costs $25, and general admission is $100.

Web 1.0 Conference Lewis & Clark College Edition!


The Web 1.0 Conference is a celebration of old style static websites.

This month, I’m excited to announce a special college edition of the Web 1.0 Conference! I’ll be travelling to my alma mater, Lewis & Clark College this Friday and Saturday to host a conference helping people to build websites!

What is the Web 1.0 Conference? It’s a conference celebrating the creative, original, static (no backend) web sites, both old and new, that stand the test of time. It’s time to rediscover and bring back the lost art of web site creation. Let’s build some weird, interesting, quirky web sites!





Friday, Feb 26th ,2016

  • 7:00PM Check in and networking
  • 7:30PM Website show and tell – show us your first or favorite 1.0 website!
  • 9:00PM Friday closing

Saturday, Feb 27th, 2016

  • 10:00AM Check in, breakfast, coffee, tea, 玉露
  • 10:30AM Conference kickoff, 10-15 minute talks, demos and tutorials
    Amber Case, Lewis & Clark College ’08’ ( Kickoff and conference introduction. Kyle Drake, founder of Neocities ( Introduction to Neocities, why we need to bring back the creative web, and the future of the web.
  • 11:00AM Web site building / hacking begins
  • 12:30PM Lunch is served
  • 6:00PM Web site building ends
  • 6:15PM 2 minute presentations begin. Show everyone your awesome web creation!
  • 7:30PM See you later! じゃまた


Tickets are $5, which covers expenses. This conference is for students only, but exceptions can be made, especially if you’re part of the community and would like to be on hand during the day to help people with their websites! If you’re up for it, message me @caseorganic!

  • Don’t have a web provider?
  • New to making websites?
  • Free web hosting will be provided by Neocities!


See what people made at the last Web 1.0 Conference!