Deadline approaching for IDP applications!

Monday, 11th Feb 2019

IDP application

Interested in learning how to design for positive impact?

Apply for CIID’s Interaction Design Programme (IDP) Costa Rica 2019 (starting in Sept) and the IDP Copenhagen 2020 (starting in Jan).

Application deadline approaching! Find out more

We place faith in diversity of experience, thinking and culture – and impart skills for teamwork, communication and collaboration, not just technical and design skills. Following a rigorous selection process, we select people from all over the world to participate in our Interaction Design Programme (IDP). Each person brings individual skills with them and the IDP is an effective platform for peer-to-peer learning.

Through an intense curriculum, participants are taught to identify opportunities and to create new applications for technology – but more importantly to humanise technology – through the creation of meaningful, pragmatic and socially relevant concepts that will have a positive impact on people and the planet.

It’s summer somewhere – CIID workshops around the world

Friday, 18th Jan 2019

 

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Are you still learning? Once you’re out of school and in a job, it’s easy to fall into a routine and repurpose what you already know. But the moment you stop pushing yourself, curb your sense of curiosity and wonder, you stop growing. Your brain is like a shark. It must constantly move in order to stay alive. No one wants to be a dead shark.

At the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID), we are committed to a course of lifelong learning. Many of our students have already landed plum jobs in companies you’ve heard of. They work across industries as scientists, engineers, philosophers, designers, marketers, journalists, and a host of other disciplines. While they had what might have looked like fulfilling careers from the outside, something was missing.

When asked, many say they didn’t know exactly what drew them to design. But they all wanted to learn a new set of tools. At CIID Summer School (which will take place this year in Copenhagen and Costa Rica) you do just that. Our hands-on workshops, led by renowned teachers from around the world, will show you how to apply human-centred research, quickly prototype and test your ideas, and arrive at breakthrough ideas that solve for real world needs.

One 2018 Summer School participant had this to say: “I attended two workshops: People Centred Research and Design for Behaviour and Impact. Attending lectures facilitated by talented and experienced faculty members was a great experience. Frequent interactions with the participants and faculty members plus weekly ‘lightning talks’ gave a sneak peak into their amazing work. Learnings from lectures and projects have given me a different perspective to look at my work. Sometimes you are so caught up in your work that you forget to take a break, reflect on your work, upgrade your skills and take up new challenges. The summer school was such a break for me.” —Tejal @Instagram

Bringing design skills back to work—or pursuing an entirely new path—can feel like you have a hidden superpower. You will be equipped with a new way of seeing, and that capacity has the potential to impact your life in ways you may never have imagined.

Apply now and enjoy Early Bird rates for Copenhagen and Super Early Bird rates for Costa Rica!

CIID PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMMES IN 2019

Wednesday, 9th Jan 2019

CIID Professional Programmes testimonials from CIID on Vimeo.

When something doesn’t work, it’s a design problem. There may be simple fixes, but until you talk to the people using that thing, your work to improve it is no better than a hunch.

But there’s a smart way to take the guesswork out of problem-solving, and it’s available to anyone, working across domains and disciplines—from business to health care to government.

In these courses, you’ll gain a working knowledge of the designer’s tools and approach: practicing people-centred research to gather insights about users; turning those insights into quick, hands-on prototypes; testing your ideas; and iterating until you find the ideal product-market fit.  

Join us at one of our professional programmes and impress your team with some exciting new ways of thinking.

Seeking Optimists for a Brighter Future

Monday, 31st Dec 2018

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We may not have much sunshine this time of year, but the night sky will be erupting with bright lights. For six days a year, fireworks are legal in Denmark, and in typical fashion, Copenhageners go big.

The all-night pyrotechnic blowout can feel like a personal celebration for us here at CIID, as we thank our partners—companies and organisations with whom we worked in 2018—for doing such inspiring work, and watch our graduating class ship off as newly minted interaction designers.

There were so many firsts this year:

  1. We brought our summer school to Kochi, India in partnership with the Kerala Startup Mission and other educational programmes to six different countries, including Costa Rica and Greece.
  2. We did a deep dive with Cookpad to find ways to make home cooking more fun.

  3. We peered into the near future and designed meaningful interactions in social VR with Mozilla’s Hubs team, helping them prototype ways to unlock the creativity of the 3D internet community.

  4. We explored the power of design when applied to ethics and inclusion and tackled a broad spectrum of modern challenges through machine learning and AI and mixed reality.

  5. With the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals always in our sights, we focused on partnerships with forward-thinking companies looking to make real impact in both the near and the long-term.

  6. Knowing that the planetary disruptions we feel are real and ineradicable, we created a foundation to act on climate adaptation, led by Francesca Desmarais. In 2019, we hope to partner with organisations who are tackling big questions like how might we help reduce the vulnerability that humans will feel as a result of climate change?

Though we doubt Denmark will become a summer paradise anytime soon, it’s clear that we have to transform from being people-centred to being life-centred to protect this place we call home.

And while we have no crystal ball, we are eternal optimists: We expect 2019 to be a year when companies and individuals use the power of designers and technology to push for progress, create breakthrough ideas, and bring some of Denmark’s happy way of living to people everywhere.

Nice to meet you, 2019! Let’s build something together.

Our goals for 2019

Thursday, 20th Dec 2018

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What are we doing to celebrate the holidays here at CIID? Aside from the punchbowl full of gløgg, we’re choosing our top three UN Sustainable Development Goals and a list of organisations we’s like to work with to make a difference in 2019.

If you could work on anything in the new year, what would it be? Tackling today’s pressing issues will require a muscular network of collaborators who believe real change is possible. Let’s talk if you feel the same!

https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6480378255911239680 

24 Students, 4 Examiners, and the Future of Design

Friday, 14th Dec 2018

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Want a peek into the future?

CIID’s graduating class of 2018 just presented their final projects.

The open house happens Friday December 14th at our headquarters in Copenhagen, but for everyone else, here’s a sneak peek of their eye-popping digital builds that are smart, funny, and give a damn about making things better for human beings and the planet.

https://medium.com/ciid-stories/24-students-4-examiners-and-the-future-of-design-f2a7f8921ac5 

Interaction Design Programme – Costa Rica and Copenhagen – Open for Applications

Friday, 30th Nov 2018

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The positive impact of CIID continues to grow and from 2019, we will offer our full-time Interaction Design Programme (IDP) in two locations: Costa Rica and Copenhagen.

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The application process for the IDP Costa Rica 2019 (starting in September) and the IDP Copenhagen 2020 (starting in January) is OPEN. It is possible to apply to one or both programmes.

Initial deadline: Friday – February 22nd, 2019

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We place faith in diversity of experience, thinking and culture – and impart skills for teamwork, communication and collaboration, not just technical and design skills. Following a rigorous selection process, we select people from all over the world to participate in our Interaction Design Programme (IDP). Each person brings individual skills with them and the IDP is an effective platform for peer-to-peer learning.

Through an intense curriculum, participants are taught to identify opportunities and to create new applications for technology – but more importantly to humanise technology – through the creation of meaningful, pragmatic and socially relevant concepts that will have a positive impact on people and the planet.

Through the design of software, products and services, we apply a hands-on and life-centred approach to interaction design. We believe in early, iterative and rapid prototyping as an integral part of the entire design process.

Moving from awareness to action on a specific topic is not always a straight path. We hope that our graduates will go on to design products, systems and services that will act as catalysts for bigger thinking. There are things people can do to live a more sustainable lifestyle – we need to act on a systemic level. The beauty of interaction design is that it can act as a conduit between the individual and the complex systems that governs how we live. Knowing that, we’ve formed collaborative partnerships between industry and education to design products and services that help people adapt and respond to a changing world.

We have chosen Costa Rica as the first location for the Interaction Design Programme outside of Denmark because the country is home to a staggering 6 percent of the world’s biodiversity. This makes it the perfect place to focus on life-centred solutions. Our aim is to learn from and build upon progressive innovation including the fact that the region currently generates more than 99 percent of its electricity using five different renewable sources: hydropower (78%), wind (10%), geothermal energy (10%), biomass, and solar (1%).

Find out more about the admissions process.

3 weeks of CIID Summer School in Kochi + 3 Lightning Talks!

Thursday, 22nd Nov 2018

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Want a sneak peak into the world of interaction design?

Join CIID Summer School’s Lightning Talks, a series of 7-minute demos or opinion pieces presented by faculty on a topic that they are passionate about.

The events are designed to be quick hits of inspiration, and also present an opportunity to get to know CIID, its instructors, and other Summer School attendees.

Lightning Talks are free and open to the public—simply register using the links below.

We hope to see you there!

Week 1: Tuesday, December 4th

Week 2: Tuesday, December 11th

Week 3: Tuesday, December 18th

Interaction Design Programme – Final Exhibition 2018

Friday, 26th Oct 2018

 

When: Friday, December 14th, 2pm-9pm
Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, Copenhagen K, 1253

This year’s Final Exhibition will showcase a wide range of design solutions through an impressive collection of tangible, visual and experiential prototypes. Our Interaction Design Programme students have followed an intense curriculum and the Final Exhibition sets out to reflect their new found knowledge and skill-sets.

The 24 final projects will demonstrate the multi-disciplinary, exploratory and potentially disruptive nature of Interaction Design and Service Design. We hope that the projects won’t stop at this exhibition and that people will continue to develop their concepts into actual products and services that will impact positively on the lives of those they are designed for.

Please register to attend the event here.

New partial scholarships for Kochi!

Thursday, 11th Oct 2018

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New partial scholarships are now available for CIID Summer School Kochi, India!

Thanks to our local partner, Kerala Startup Mission, we are happy to announce that there are now new partial scholarships available. The offer is directed at startups, students, or local partners and gives the opportunity to participate with up to 50% off the regular fee.

Find out if you are eligible for this offer and apply through this website. Please keep in mind that there is a limited number of seats as part of this offer, and that the recipients will be selected by CIID.

We hope to see you in Kochi!