Feb 5th, 2019: Workshop on Calm Technology at Interaction ’19 in Seattle

Smarter Humans, Not Smarter Devices: How to Design Calm Technology

Jonathan Brown and I are excited to announce a half day workshop during Interaction ’19 on Feb 5th, 2019, starting at 2pm!

Want to attend? Get tickets to Interaction ’19 here!

How can we design technologies that work alongside us, instead of against us?

The difference between an annoying technology and one that is helpful is how it engages our attention. Calm Technology is a framework for designing products and services that engage our attention in an appropriate manner. The aim of Calm Technology is to provide principles that follow the human lifestyle and environment in mind, allowing technology to amplify humanness instead of taking it away.

Outline
Participants will work in groups to solve a series of design challenges, including designing new products, ‘calming down’ a complex ones, communicating the principles of Calm Technology across an organization and team, and entering a product successfully into the marketplace.

Workshop Organizers

Amber Case
Amber Case studies the interaction between humans and computers and how our relationship with information is changing the way cultures think, act, and understand their worlds. She is the author of “Calm Technology” and “Designing with Sound” from O’Reilly books. She was a fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a visiting researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media. In 2019, Amber joined the Institute for the Future (IFTF) as a Research Fellow.

Jon Brown
Jon Brown is a Digital Architect with SDLC Partners in Pittsburgh, PA where he designs novel interactions to improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions. He is a veteran of MAYA Design and holds a Master’s Degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Keynote Speech on Calm Technology at The Next Web Amsterdam!

The Next Web Summit 2017

I look forward to speaking at The Next Web Conference from May 18th & 19th, 2017 in Amsterdam.

What is TNW Conference?
TNW Conference is a 2-day technology festival that brings together international technology executives, top-tier investors and promising startups for two days of business, knowledge sharing and the best time you’ve ever had. Over the past 11 editions TNW Conference has grown from a 200-person event to one of the leading technology events, bringing together 15,000 attendees a day and 3,500 companies from all over the world.

The Calm Technology Video from Thinking Digital Manchester is Up!

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to keynote Thinking Digital’s Conference in Manchester, England! The conference organizers kindly took a video of the talk, and it is now live!

Thanks so much to Sophie Buckle of hedgehog lab for a great blog post about Calm Technology at the conference!

Want more? Check out the rest of the conference videos!

Thanks to everyone who attended, spoke at, and organized this conference! It was a great experience!

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.

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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.

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
    Reception
  • Northwest Film Center in the Portland Art Museum

Saturday, April 16th

  • Lunch; coffee service and refreshments
  • Closing Reception

Full Schedule

Location

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.