Workshops

Are you or your organization interested in learning more about how to apply principles of Calm Technology to your products? A workshop on Calm Technology is a great way to do it! Want to bring Calm Technology to your conference or team? Please get in touch!

Calm Technology workshops can be bundled with a speaking engagement or commissioned separately.

Workshop on Designing Calm Technology

Time: 1/2 day (4 hours)
Suggested Price: $99/person or $2000 as part of a conference
Class size limit: 40 participants

The difference between an annoying technology and one that is helpful is how it engages our attention. Calm Technology is a framework for designing ubiquitous devices 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.

The terms calm computing and calm technology were coined in 1995 by PARC Researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown in reaction to the increasing complexities that information technologies were creating. Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind Calm Technology is to have smarter people, not things. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary.

This workshop will cover how to use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices. We’ll look at notification styles, compressing information into other senses, and designing for the least amount of cognitive overhead.

Structure and activities
Students 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.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use principles of Calm Technology to design the next generation of connected devices.
  • Design appropriate notification systems into both physical and software products
  • Communicate the principles of Calm Technology to your across your organization and team
  • Use methods of Calm Technology to design technology for generations, not seasons.
  • Enter your product successfully into the marketplace.
Designing Calm Technology Workshop in Costa Rica, 2014.

Designing Calm Technology Workshop in Costa Rica, 2014.

Who is the workshop for?
This workshop is for anyone that actively builds or makes decisions about technology, especially user experience designers, product designers, managers, creative directors and developers. Attendees are encouraged to have some background in user experience design and look at http://calmtech.com/ or Designing Calm Technology before the workshop.

Number of Participants
Any number of participants is possible, although no more than 60 participants is recommended.

Workshop Length
The average workshop length is 3-4 hours. I can work with your needs as well.

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