Interaction 18 – an award winner’s perspective

Monday, 12th Feb 2018


A write up on Interaction 18 from our award-winning man on the ground, James Zhou:

Greetings from Lyon, France and the Interaction18 Conference! This year’s conference is hosted in Le Sucriere, an old sugar mill by the river. The CIID crew showed up in full force. There are old hands who have been to multiple conferences and greenhorns who are attending their first conference. I’d like offer a peak into the conference from the perspective of a first time attendee.

At Interaction18 we saw the power of our community. This is the first Interaction conference for Jens, Bora, and I. We felt immediately comfortable with our fellow CIIDers. During breaks, lunch, and happy hours, we ran around the conference hall catching up with old friends and making new ones. Simona joined the conference on the second day and immediately introduced us to esteemed designers and excited new opportunities. We felt extremely supported by our CIID community.

Alan Cooper kicked off the conference with a speech that captured the zeitgeist of our industry. In his speech, he called out large technology corporations that are pursuing profits before ethics. He called this moment our “Oppenheimer Moment” where technology is on the verge of creating irreversible damage to our world. Cooper urged us to be better ancestors, and exercise ours agency as designers to implement change at all levels. Cooper’s speech set up the theme for the rest of the conference and brought forward the importance of ethics and design. The day ended with a keynote by the design illuminaire and head of design at Muji, Kenya Hara. Hara introduced the ideas of emptiness vs simple and information vs ex-formation. Hara’s books are hugely influential for Jens and I. And we totally nerded out over his minimalist presentation slides.

Anab Jain of Superflux offered us a glimpse into our future and challenged us to be empowered and responsible creators. Ivrea graduate, Haiyang Zhang, bought us back to the present with her work for people with disabilities. She walked us through her invention, the Emma watch, which helps people with extreme tremors to write again. She inspired us with her hands-on approach in finding solutions for those most in need. Elildh Dickson and John Lynch gave us a honest look at our industry through conversations with designers all around the world. Together these designers represent over a century of experience. Their talk helped us to understand what it means to be a designer in the 21st century.

Interaction18 is the first year where a roomba, a fan, and a plug were invited to the conference. The objects were created by Simone Rebaudengo, Saurabh Datta, Lorenzo Romagnoli, and Matthieu Cherubini from Automato and installed as an interactive exhibition. Conference attendees can experience the world from the perspectives of objects using a mixture of VR and physical interactions. Even Alan Cooper himself donned one of the headsets and teleported himself into the realities of the objects.

One of the highlights of the conference is the Interaction Awards. The interaction design community come together to celebrate the projects that best represent the trend in our industry. The awards and closing party were hosted at the rock club, Le Transbordeur.

The CIID crew filled out an entire row at the awards. As the ceremony progressed, The Internet Phone by Sebastien Hunkeler, Isak Frosta, Jens Obel, and I, was the first CIID project to win the Engaging Category. The CIID crew cheered loudly. Then, Bjorn Karmann’s Objectifier won the Expressing Category, and the CIID crew was electric. Then in the People’s Choice section, the Objectifier was again a winner in the Best Student category. The CIID crew erupted. Just as we thought we couldn’t possibly win anymore awards, 2013 Alumni Shu Yang Lin won the Future Voice award for her project vTaiwan. We were completely taken by surprise as Shu walked onto the stage to receive the award. Even Simona didn’t know that Shu was going to be here. Shu gave a passionate speech about the importance of democratic voice. At this point, the audience erupted and together we stood in a standing ovation.

Interaction18 was an amazing experience for all of us first time attendees. We were inspired to see our community together in one place. We truly understood the power of our own CIID network and gained a new appreciation for our shared CIID experience. The conference left us inspired and ready to take on new challenges. We are already looking forward to the next Interaction conference in Seattle in 2019.

I hope that I will see you there!

Winners at IXDA Awards!

Friday, 9th Feb 2018

There were a whole host of CIID winners at the 2018 IXDA Awards in Lyon last night. Including Bjørn Karmann who won the best student award and then graciously shared this with the CIID student/alumni community.

Shu Yang Lin won the Future Voice award and we’re looking forward to seeing the video for that.

We are so proud of everyone and hope these awards open the doors to new opportunities.



Objectifier – Bjørn Karmann’s project won the ‘Empowering’ category.

The Objectifier empowers people to train objects in their daily environment to respond to their unique behaviors. It gives an experience of training an artificial intelligence; a shift from a passive consumer to an active, playful director of domestic technology.



The Internet Phone by James Zhou, Sebastian Hunkeler, Isak Frostå and Jens Obel. This one is in the ‘Engaging’ category. Encouraging self expression and/or creativity.

With the Internet Phone, you can access websites with the nostalgic interface of a rotary phone. Look up the IP address of the website you want to call in a special cyber directory, dial the twelve digit IP address using the rotary, and wait for your website to be read out loud in the receiver. If you are feeling adventurous, you can enhance your experience with four different mode tokens – article, developer, incognito, and history.

Special mentions for the following projects which made it to the shortlist.


Just Go by Bora Kim, Christopher Bogár, Kelvyn Ornette Sol Marte and Yee Mun Ooi – in the ‘Empowering’ category. Enabling people to go beyond their limits.


Grishma Rao for _ghostKit


Monday, 22nd Jan 2018


This year, CIID’s “Summer School around the World” educational platform is coming to Costa Rica!

Join us for 1-3 weeks of hands-on learning and team work, and acquire tools and skills for life-centered innovation.

Choose one (or up to three!) of the 15 stand-alone workshops offered on multiple subjects, such as “Intro to Service Design,” “Designing Interactive Spaces” and more, taught by world-class experts.

Previous knowledge of interaction design is not required, but bring a passion for learning and a drive to try new things!

Read more and apply here:


Friday, 12th Jan 2018


The Professional Programmes course planned for January 2018 is sold out, and we are happy to announce the next instalment to take place in Copenhagen this spring.

Service Design through Experience Prototyping
Date: April 18-20
Location: CIID building, Copenhagen, Denmark

A 3-day intensive course on how to create or improve a service, using a rapid design thinking process that puts the user at the center to create actionable, business-ready experience prototypes.

More information and signup:

New workshop in Greece, February 2018.

Monday, 18th Dec 2017

NY Prototype 2

New CIID workshop coming up in Athens, Greece!

Service Design Thinking will equip you with the tools to be more holistic and people-centric in creating compelling services in any industry. This course is an intensive 3-day deep dive into the complex task of designing and delivering a service through learning by doing and lectures, with a small group size and experienced facilitators.

The instructors will introduce you to tools and techniques useful across the service process — from research to concept generation to prototyping to change management. The course is suitable for professionals of all backgrounds and levels of design fluency.

More information and signup:

In cooperation with the Hellenic American Union.

CIID listed as top school – Azure Magazine

Thursday, 14th Dec 2017


Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design is among the schools listed as a top school in the category of Interaction Design.

Read more on AZURE: an award-winning magazine with a focus on international contemporary architecture and design.

Upcoming Workshops: Service Design through Experience Prototyping, Copenhagen

Tuesday, 28th Nov 2017

NY Prototype 2

A three-day intensive course with previous runs in NYC, London, Bangalore, and Pune, coming to the CIID building in Copenhagen this January!

The Service Design through Experience Prototyping workshop will give you the tools to be more holistic and people-centric in creating compelling services in any industry.

Through lectures followed by direct hands-on application, you will work intensively in teams to create a new service from scratch. Our instructors will guide you through the process of creating or improving a service from research and conception all the way to testing and delivery.

The course is suitable for professionals of all backgrounds and levels of design fluency.

More information and signup:

PlatoScience are shipping!

Tuesday, 21st Nov 2017


Nest alumni PlatoScience (formerly Mindsettr) are now shipping their first products!

As of last week, they have shipped their very first PlatoWork headsets. PlatoWork is a neurostimulation headset for creativity and focus, and a project they have been working hard on for the last two years.

Congratulations and good luck!

Final Exhibition 2017

Sunday, 19th Nov 2017


Opening Party: December 8th, 3-8pm
Exhibition Continues: Saturday 9th, 12-6pm.
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 and visual 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 23 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.

Go CIID – IXDA Award Shortlist Announced!

Wednesday, 8th Nov 2017


There were no less than four CIID projects in the shortlist for the 2018 IXDA Awards and we are very proud to see that two projects have made it to the final.

Congratulations and good luck to…


The Internet Phone by James Zhou, Sebastian Hunkeler, Isak Frostå and Jens Obel. This one is in the ‘Engaging’ category. Encouraging self expression and/or creativity.


Objectifier – Bjørn Karmann’s project – also in the ‘Empowering’ category.

We’re crossing our fingers and toes that all of these people will be up on stage in Lyon at the IXDA Awards in February.

Special mentions for:


Just Go by Bora Kim, Christopher Bogár, Kelvyn Ornette Sol Marte and Yee Mun Ooi – in the ‘Empowering’ category. Enabling people to go beyond their limits.


Grishma Rao for _ghostKit