Past Events

Secret Life of Objects – Mini-Exhibition (and Friday Bar!)

Friday, 22nd May 2015


In object-oriented homes, nothing has special status. Everything exists equally — plumbers, cotton, bonobos, DVD players, and sandstone, for example. The house is built for us as much as it is for objects.

Lets imagine sitting in a house where objects are agents or domesticated robots.

They do stuff for us, they influence us to towards our – and their – goals. They can do the right thing, they can fail, they can do it subtly or also very directly, they can have utilitarian or only emotional value. We can be their main users or objects can be their users.


Come and see a series of projects produced on the Interaction Design Programme as part of a 2 week ‘Secret Life of Objects’ workshop taught by Joshua Noble (Teague, Seattle) and Simone Rebaudengo (Frog, Shanghai).

When: 4-6pm – Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK (1st floor studio)

If you and your friends would like to join us, let us know here (just so we know how many beers to buy!):secret-life-of-objects-mini-exhibition-and-friday-bar

Service Design Drinks: David Sherwin: “Design is hacking how we learn”

Thursday, 9th Jan 2014


SDN-DK and CIID have the pleasure to present David Sherwin this Thursday at 5 p.m. at Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. The event is free of charge and professionals as well as students are welcome.

Design Is Hacking How We Learn

The next big disruption in lifelong learning will be by design. We are innately trained and poised to have a global impact on how other people can survive and thrive, whether they are designers or not.

In this talk, David Sherwin will point out opportunities for today’s designers to help create this change, sharing work his teams have done with the Girl Effect to empower girls living in extreme poverty and with Frog Design’s Collective Action Toolkit, which in its first year of release has been used worldwide by tens of thousands of non-designers in multiple languages.

David Sherwin is a creative director and interaction designer that has written multiple books that help people become better problem solvers and business thinkers, including Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills and Success by Design: The Essential Business Reference for Designers. He is a an Interaction Design Director at frog, a global product strategy and design firm, and a Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts in the BFA in Interaction Design program.

In his free time, he mentors designer-led startups for The Designer Fund, as well as speaks and teaches internationally at many conferences and design schools. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, the poet and writer Mary Paynter Sherwin.

Service Design Drinks will take place in Copenhagen on Jan 9th, 2014

Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID)
Toldbodgade 37b, 1253 Copenhagen K

Transmediale 2014 Residency

Tuesday, 31st Dec 2013


David Gauthier and Jamie Allen from CIID’s research team are taking up the incredible opportunity of the Transmediale 2014 residency project.

The project will be in a research and workshop mode for most of 2013, switching into production of a festival-scale artistic work for the winter festival in Berlin. From the project description, “These are the unnoticed, assumed and taken-for-granted resources and reserves of matter, energy, signals and data that enframe the possibility of an art-and-technology practice.”

Exciting times for our research team, and exciting prospects and projects coming soon to Berlin! (EN) (DE)

Transmediale is an annual festival for media art and digital culture taking place for one week in February in Berlin, Germany. The festival engages in reflective, aesthetic and speculative positions in between art, technology and culture.

Within the scope of its annual festival, transmediale includes exhibitions, conferences, film and video programmes, live performances and publications.

CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE is a transmediale project collaboration unfolding throughout the autumn of 2013, funded through the Canada Council of the Arts.

20 Students -13 Countries – End of Year Exhibition

Thursday, 12th Dec 2013

IDP2013 INVITE – END OF YEAR from CIID on Vimeo.

20 Students – 13 Countries

CIID invites you to join us for the end-of-year exhibition of the Interaction Design Programme 2013.

The final projects demonstrate the multidisciplinary and questioning nature of Interaction Design and Service Design.

The exhibition will be a celebration of the hard work, creativity and talent of the Interaction Design Programme students – with many things to see, prototypes to interact with and possibly even a few experiments taking place. This has been an exceptional year and the exhibition will undoubtedly express that.

The doors will open at 4pm on Thursday, December 12th, 2013, when you can enjoy an aperitvo while looking at the projects on display. The exhibition will remain open until Saturday, December 14th.

Opening Times:
Thursday, December 12th: Reception: 4-9pm
Friday, December 13th: Noon-8pm
Saturday, December 14th Noon-6pm

At the CIID Studio:
Toldbodgade 37b
1253, Copenhagen K

The Aalto Mediafactory – Internet of Things

Tuesday, 3rd Dec 2013

On December 3rd, CIID’s Head of Research Jamie Allen heads to the Internet of Things lecture series to speak on the idea of ‘Interacting Infrastructures’ as an approach within interaction design and technology research.

If you are interested in “Internet of Things” and Connected Products you are welcome to join the discussion at Internet of Things Lecture Series@ Aalto Mediafactory. Their aim is to dig deeper to see if they can come up with some really innovative thinking for the future. They have a fantastic line up of speakers and are preparing for real debate on what we do with these new technologies and ideas. Bring your most difficult questions and and head over to the Mediafactory Oct 21st at 1300.

Everyone is cordially invited and the lecture series is open. Please go along if you’re in Helsinki in early December!


Monday October 21. Lectures in the Mediafactory Auditorium. time 1300-1500.

21.10 – Martin Spindler – Expert IoT
5.11 – Duncan Lamb – Designer
12.11 – Einar Sneve Martinussen – Researcher AHO, Oslo
26.11 – Lorenzo Davoli – Researcher, Umeå School of Design
3.12 – Jamie Allen – Head of Research Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
10.12 – Daniel Peterson, Workshop