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with Interaction Design
Move away from the verbal. Engage with verbs. Pinch. Zoom. Swipe. Slide. Move. Drag. Tap. Shake. The sophisticated world of user-interface design is moving away from the visual. Design is becoming more like a dance, or like a game. The best way to design a new app for a smartphone or tablet or a smartwatch, or else a website, or an Internet-connect device (IoT) is with interaction design.
An intense workshop on how you, whether as a techie or a non-techie, can author Interaction Design and User-Experience that is more professional yet also quite playful and stunning.
This is the 15th incarnation of the Design workshops that 'Dive' into user-interface design and user-experience. These workshops are transforming how professionals and companies in India approach design, making them more competent and more successful in the world. This brand-new workshop on Interaction Design is based on the fantastic feedback and response from hundreds of participants to the Design workshops across Delhi, Gurgaon, Bangalore, Hyderabad. So here it is: two half-days, devoted to all aspects of just one topic: how to make user-interface design that is more interactive, more playful, more engaging, more rewarding.
A tip-o'-the-turban to NASSCOM for helping us get there! #10,000Startups is an inititiave of NASSCOM and is our knowledge-partner. The idea is obvious isn't it: ambition, funding, mentoring, more opportunities, more skills, more goodness in everything. Scroll down the page to read of an exclusive sweet-deal for upto 15 tickets for members of 10,000 startups from NASSCOM.
While we're at it, let's also tip the gender-bias. The workshop also encourages women professionals and entrepreneurs. That includes fleximoms, mompreneurs, work-at-homes, career women, and even those who wish to chuck a boring corporate job and explore their creative side.
Making this special spotlight on women in user-interface design and UX possible is SHEROES.in. This incredible and hugely-successful initiative from India is committed to enhancing the quality and quantity of opportunities for women and investing in women professionals through various phases of their career. So there you go! Enroll, and spread the word. This design revolution from India suddenly got a whole lot more exciting.
Come, join me as we start a revolution in user-interface design from India. Because it's about time we do.
Delighted! Participants from the tenth workshop on user-interface design and UX, conducted in February 2015. You're next.
Ecstatic! Participants from the ninth workshop on user-interface design and UX, conducted in February 2015. You're next.
Happy! Participants from the eighth workshop on user-interface design and UX, conducted in January 2015. In the picture: Co-founder, CEO, CTO, Vice-President, Project Head, Sofware Developer, UI Designer, Front-end Developer, Manager, and some other diverse people from across IT, media, and design. You're next.
Successful! Participants from the first workshop on user-interface design, conducted in September 2014. You're next.
Topics Covered In The Dive Into Interaction Design Workshop:
|Date||Thu-Fri: 21-22 May 2015|
|Time||9:30 am to 1:30 pm each day|
|Sessions||1 session per day|
|Session-Duration||4 hours per session, including a short 10-minute chai, kaafi break|
Skilled! At the first workshop on user-interface design, conducted in September 2014. Join the gang.
This workshop is deliberately designed for fewer participants, to keep the interactions, discussions, and brainstorming sessions more focussed, more meaningful, and more efficient. Less is more.
Even more fun at the second workshop on user-interface design, conducted in October 2014.
2. Disposition: Must have an inclination or disposition or some expression towards visual arts. This could be as basic as an interest in photography; or have rudimentary skills in sketching, illustrating, or painting; graphic-design; film-production, or any other form of visual arts. Definitely must be comfortable with using a pencil and paper for drawing simple things like flow-charts, simple charts, boxes, arrows, lines, etc.
3. Should have some basic understanding of how to dabble with any graphics software, even if as a newbie or an amateur.
4. Skills in HTML, web-development, or app-development, or software engineering, are not required for this workshop. Good if you have them, but we will strictly focus on 'design' per se, and not on 'development'.
Let's please finally put the horse before the cart.
The third workshop on user-interface design, conducted in October 2014 sold-out within weeks. Professionals acutely feel the need and urgency to understand UI design in the real-world.
Each participant will receive:
1. User-Interface design sketchpad
2. UI template files by e-mail after the workshop
3. A massive and comprehensive reference of all things user-interface design updated with new research into interaction-design, at the end of the workshop. There's enough 'gyaan' here to last you a whole year, once you dive in to explore
4. Subscription to an exclusive e-mail newsletter that keeps you inspired and diving deeper, week after week, long after the workshop is over
5. And, maybe a few more things. Dive in to discover
6. Free wi-fi will be provided. Would be nice if participants bring along their laptops, tablets, smartphones. Helpful to have these handy to understand a few topics more deeply.
The fourth workshop on user-interface design, conducted in November 2014. Join this much-needed revolution in design.
Suggested Course Content:
|1. Verb Follows Form: My new design language.|
|2. Anthropomorphology meets Android. And other platforms.|
3. From Fluxus art movement to Interaction Design.
|4. The Three Pillars of Interaction Design.|
|5. Understanding meaning in motion. Infusing emotion in motion.|
6. How and why we get transitions wrong and how to correct this.
7. The cognitive role of gravity. Easing functions done right in your apps.
8. When to defy gravity.
9. The seven aspects of interactive design you must adopt in your app design.
|10. How to approach interaction design think.|
|11. Tools and techniques. And more tools.
|12. Comprehensive lexicon of IxD.
|13. The future of Interaction Design is dazzling.|
Note: This may be tweaked further.
At the end of the course, a reasonably intelligent participant will be able to handle interaction design in any user-interface design project far more professionally.
A newbie will be able to dive in immediately into their first UI design project and handle it competently.
A participant will know how to transform a dull, static design into a vibrant, interactive design that is more successful.
The course aids such a participant by:
Newbies will be suggested small simple projects that are utility, widget, or with limited functionality, just to invoke 'design-think' in them. These are strictly optional.
Participants may bring in existing projects for design brainstorming. Do note there is obviously no time to handle any hands-on design-production of digital artworks, much less demand professional inputs. Design brainstorming on existing projects will definitely be time-limited. It will be open to all participants and used only as a tool for learning. It will be optional, and at the sole discretion of the trainer.
Participants may be suggested inspiring everyday project(s) especially for mobile-apps, and optionally even for gadget-interface design. Armed with the introduction and the knowledge from this short workshop, participants may pursue the design and development of their projects on their own initiative, if they wish.
Yes. Certification of participation will be awarded to those who attend the full workshop sessions.
Group photo from the workshop titled: 'Digital Color Theory Workshop by Niyam for Xerox'
More than 2,500-strong people attending a talk delivered in Rajasthan on digital freedom
Here's a picture from a workshop conducted at NIT Calicut, titled "What Every Software Developer Must Know About Interface Design"
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He has also frequently been interviewed on Gadgets Guru show on NDTV, and was often featured on BBC television's 'Click' show earlier.
As a creative professional, Niyam is also a musician and has composed and produced music for a documentary as well as a short film. Find music by 'Niyam Bhushan' on Jamendo music as well as some fun riffs on soundcloud.
About NASSCOM and its 10,000 Startups Initiative
For-Those-Who-Came-In-Late: NASSCOM is India's premiere trade organization for the IT and BPO industry. These guys rock because they played both a crucial and a visionary role in helping India become a global super-power in IT. Backed by Google, Microsoft, Intel, Kotak and Verisign, NASSCOM's 10,000 Startups is literally on a mission to impact 10,000 startups by the year 2023. An integral part of creating this impact is providing startups and the ecosystem with skill-building techniques, resources, and engagement opportunities with domain experts.
Exclusive offer for 10,000 Startups members. Upto 15 seats are reserved by NASSCOM at a 10% discount, exclusively to members of its 10,000Startups initiative. On a first-come-first served. If you're a member, get your discount-code which is only available from NASSCOM and key it in while purchasing tickets so you can keep some more of the green stuff in your pocket, and your creativity in the rocket. Or somethin' like that. The 10% discount is valid against the stated price of any type of ticket you purchase. So if early-bird tickets sell out, you may apply the code on the price of a regular ticket. Until all 15 seats reserved for 10,000Startup members sell out. And if all do sell-out, buy your ticket at its stated price before it sells out too. If you're serious about your billion dollar product and services dreams, you shouldn't be flinchin' for just a couple of hundred rupees off, right?
So if you're committed, you've got to hurry. As this is the first time this workshop is being conducted in Bangalore, these special tickets may sell out rapidly, and the regular, paid tickets may sell out in the first few days. Therefore, hurry slowly.
The exciting world of user-interface design has come.
It can not be taught.
It can only be caught.