IxDA's first conference in Savannah was one of the most interesting conferences I've been to in the past 12 months. More than just about any other event I've attending recently I found folks here to be the most closely aligned to much of my thinking on design as it related to technology and the crafting of experiences. Just a few of the highlights included getting to spend some quality time with Bill Buxton and learn that Jared Spool, in addition to being an expert on usability is also accomplished with the art of the card trick (In the picture above he's showing David Armano a few tricks worthy of Ricky Jay).
From a social perspective the highlight of the event was a party that was sponsored by Microsoft on Saturday evening at the Savannah College of Design Gulf Center. A working production studio for the school it provided perfect mix of fun and design inspiration.
Finally, I think the organizers of this event are to be commended for their commitment to sharing the good words and thoughts of all the speakers at the event by posting videos in less than a week after the conclusion of the event (a model that all conferences should follow).
You can actually see some of the sessions for yourself.
There are many faces that were behind this successful event but special recognition should go to Dave Malouf and Dan Saffer for making this happen and getting all the right folks in place, they were supported by a great IxDA Board Membership (Most of whom I also got to spend quite a bit of time with) and I hope to see IxDA conferences become a regular occurrence.
Here's some of the sessions that are being hosted over at Brightcove.
Cinematic Interaction Design, Sarah Allen
The Design Ecosystem, Bill Buxton
Design for Flow, Dave Cronin
Device Art, Regine Debatty
Conversations with Everyday Objects, Bill DeRouchey
Hit It with the Pretty Stick, Jenny Lam
Don't Make Me Click, Aza Raskin
Concept Ideation and IxD, Gretchen Anderson
Experience Design, Convergence + The Digital Agency, David Armano
Effective Prototyping Methods, Jonathan Arnowitz
Classic Design Movements and IxD: Kissing Cousins?, Chris Bernard
Help Me! A New Approach to Support Interactions, Doug Bolin
An Insurgency of Quality, Alan Cooper
IxD for Community Empowerment, Carl DiSalvo
Self-Conscious Gaming, Andrew Hieronymi
Designing for the Other 99%, Morten Hjerde
Designing for SpaceTime, Building in No-Time, Matt Jones
Redesigning Sony-Ericsson's Product Catalog, Saskia Idzerda
Intervention-Interaction, Sigi Moeslinger
Strategic Boredom, Molly Wright Steenson
Interaction Across Disciplines, Michele Tepper
Ethics of Everyday Design, Gabriel White
User Interface Design in an Agile Environment: Enter the Design Studio, Jeff White and Jim Unger