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09

Jun
2014

In blog

By Hollie Baigent

Gadi Amit: Designing Devices We Love

On 09, Jun 2014 | In blog | By Hollie Baigent

Gadi Amit spoke at the Vivid Light Festival in Sydney, Australia.
His presentation didn’t leaveyou with any take-aways on how to design design devices we love, but, he did leave you with an appreciation of the many devices coming out of New DealDesign that ‘are’ devices we love since their doors opened in 2000. Including the FitBit, Whistle and much anticipated Project Ara.

“40% of people who track habits change their health approach”
Although he didn’t specifically ex
plain why this number is so low he did go onto say there is a disconnect between ‘smart’ and ‘wise’ devices. Perhaps users of wearable devices do not now how to change their health approach? What if we could design products that were intuitive about our health?

“Constant battle between data vs experience”
Gadi indicated there is debate between software designers and experience designers on how much data is needed. Can we push back, filter our data?

“User should not be slaves to technology”
This comment reminded me of an article where futurists came together to make a careers fair for 2030. Each job was based on the assumption that ‘robot will take over’ and our sole purpose on this live will be to facilitate .  http://www.fastcoexist.com/3031225/futurist-forum/10-jobs-that-you-could-have-in-2030
As designers we should focus more on how technology can enrich our lives not dictate them.

Key design principles for device are:

1. Haptic

2. Ambient UI

3. Filtering

Technology design is the triangle of software, cloud, hardware encompassed by services and brought to meaning by brands and community.
Just a few of learnings from Gadi’s talk. Overall he was an inspiration to listen too.imagesh

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