UX Award-Nominees: Diana Pang & Herin Haramoto

Wednesday, 21st Jul 2021

The UX Design Awards honor the huge impact of accomplished experience design on shaping a positive living environment for all. We’re exceptionally proud to announce that recent Interaction Design Programme graduates Herin Haramoto and Diana Pang have been nominated for their Final Projects, Color Tone and Epione.


Color Tone – A colorfully tactile way to experience sound, by Herin Haramoto

Color Tone is a set of tools to experience the physicality of sound. With the portable device, anyone can experience the sounds around them with non-auditory senses. The device reacts to the noises and sounds in their environment and emits light in different colors while vibrating according to the sound’s frequency. With the music creation tool, anyone can create music without relying on sound but using color and tactile feedback.

You can vote for this project here.

Herin’s portfolio: https://herin.work/



Epione – Creating space for intimacy for sexual assault survivors, by Diana Pang

One in three women in the world have experienced sexual violence in their lives. Not only is the healing process a long and difficult journey for survivors but also for their partners. Epione is a toolkit that creates space for intimacy for sexual assault survivors and their partners by normalising the impact of trauma. The toolkit contains a grounding device that helps couples cope with overwhelming moments in their healing journey and a card game that encourages communicating boundaries.

You can vote for this project here

Diana’s portfolio: https://dianapang.net/work/epione

Alternate realities without a headset

Saturday, 19th Jun 2021


How might we immerse people in shared alternate realities without using headsets?

Lumen is a platform that immerses people in alternate or heightened realities in their physical environment through projected mixed reality experiences powered by a smartphone. Inspired by the flashlight, Lumen invites people to engage in new ways of storytelling that blends the physical world with the digital. It invites Explorers to engage and interact with their environment by revealing a digital world layered on top of the physical one. The space that surrounds them transforms into a natural canvas on which people can experience alternate realities together.

Lumen started as a Final Project by Arvind Sanjeev while he was participating in the Interaction Design Programme at CIID. Since then the project has been developed together with fellow classmates: Anoushka Garg, Matt Visco and Can Yanardag through their collective Senseless (http://senseless.world/); with a vision to create a mixed reality device that encourages people to explore environments freely and experience alternate realities collectively.

Lumen is made spatially aware through V-SLAM tracking – powered by ARKit on the iPhone. This, in combination with other tracking methods such as fiducials, objects, etc allows Lumen to know where it is in the physical world and project back the corresponding content from a spatially mapped virtual world.

What narratives could you create with this? Let your imagination run wild.

Sign up to explore with Lumen and get access to a beta testing kit on the website.

Biodesign Challenge Summit 2021

Friday, 18th Jun 2021

Join on June 21-25 for the BDC Summit 2021. Students will showcase their biotech projects before an international audience and panel of 60 pioneers in art, design, and technology – including CIID’s Alie Rose.

Tune in to see student projects, live Q&As with judges, and talks by keynote speakers. View the list of participating schools.

Biodesigned Founder Daniel Grushkin says:

“Biotechnology is spreading into every aspect of our lives—from our materials to our everyday products. As it becomes ubiquitous, society needs interdisciplinary thinkers to understand biotech’s impact and to come up with the next solutions. BDC bridges art, design, and biotech to develop the first generation of professionals who cross disciplines, anticipate promises and pitfalls, and engage the public in dialogue about the broader implications of emerging biotech.

Future designers must fully understand the debates surrounding biotech so when they are asked to design with it, they do so thoughtfully and ethically. To thrive, we need a multiplicity of perspectives across disciplinary, professional, and cultural backgrounds”.

Good Luck to all the participants!

Core77 Design Awards 2021 – 3 IDP Projects!

Thursday, 17th Jun 2021


No less than three Interaction Design Programme 2020/21 alumni have had their work recognized at this year’s Core 77 Design Awards. Take a look at the projects and take the time to vote

A big round of applause for all of their hard work goes to….

Ana Acevedo – Luci Lab (Student Winner – Interaction Award) Crusa Scholar


Due to strong gender stereotypes, many girls in Latin America don’t identify with STEM subjects. This makes it more difficult for them to select careers in these fields in the future. This becomes a factor that increases the gap in gender equality and economic growth, especially in more vulnerable communities. Luci Lab is an exploration to address this challenge.

Read more and vote here.


Norris Hung – New Seed Society (Student Winner – Service Design Award)


The New Seed Society is a holistic program that seeks to accelerate the creation of regenerative businesses in Central America in order to promote more resilient rural communities in the face of a changing climate.

The ideal participants are budding entrepreneurs from rural women groups and those with a background in agriculture, business, or tourism who want to stay in or return to rural communities. Through mentorship and peer-to-peer learning, the focus is to help participants flush out their vision, establish their business, build out their farm, and help other farmers to do the same.

Read more and vote here.


Jose Chavarría – Interface (Student Runner Up – Speculative Design Award)


Interface is an exploration on how to change the human perception of reality. The masks swap a human sense with a non-human sense inspired by three different animals – which enables us to embody the way these other creatures perceive the world.

Read more and vote here.






Encouraging Girls in Technology

Monday, 5th Apr 2021



Read the article on La Republica (in Spanish) 

By Melissa González melissagonzalez.asesora@larepublica.net | Monday April 05, 2021

Ana Acevedo’s final project is called Luci Lab and consists of a mixed reality experience for girls between 8 and 10 years old. It seeks to awaken curiosity in topics related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). By building physical prototypes and interacting with voice-driven AR characters, girls can explore in a fun way and work on their self-confidence with the help of the main storyteller Luci.

Connect with Ana on Linked-in

CIID Virtual Exhibition @ The Museum of Interactivity

Tuesday, 23rd Mar 2021


CIID Interaction Design Programme 2020-21 

Virtual Exhibition @ The Museum of Interactivity 

The live event is closed, but visit the museum here!

Friday, March 26th (Live for 3 hours):  07:00-10:00 San Francisco (PDT — Pacific Daylight Time) / 08:00-11:00 Costa Rica / 15:00-18:00 Denmark / 19:30-22:30 India / 22:00-01:00 Singapore / Hong Kong 23:00:02:00 Japan

The Museum of Interactivity will showcase final projects from the graduates from our inaugural Interaction Design Programme (IDP) in Costa Rica.

Covering environmental and social issues, art, education and the extension of the human senses – the projects demonstrate the multi-disciplinary, exploratory, and potentially disruptive nature of Interaction Design.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be inspired by projects that have taken a life-centered approach in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals – and to meet and network with the designers (who will be available on zoom/hangout) in real-time. 

We hope that these projects won’t stop at this exhibition and that some of these concepts  will transform into actual products and services that will impact positively on people and the planet.

The Museum of Interactivity (MoI) is a virtual space that collects past and present ideas about interaction design. The MoI wants to be a place of inspiration for the next generation of creators of interactions. If you were not able to make it to the live virtual exhibition the projects will remain up on the link above.


Find out more about the Interaction Design Programme and admissions: http://ciid.dk/education/interaction-design-programme/


If you are not able to make it to the live virtual exhibition the projects will remain up on the MoI and will be posted on the CIID website after the live event.

Celebrate Arduino’s Birthday with CIID

Tuesday, 23rd Mar 2021


Arduino Day is a worldwide birthday celebration of Arduino – organized directly by the community together with the Arduino team. It brings people together to share their experiences and learn more about the open-source platform.

CIID will be hosting two types of events on Saturday, March 27th.

You can select which one you’d like to attend here!

1. Global Virtual Arduino Event:

Time: 8:00 am to 11:30 am
A fast-paced, fun series of talks by recent graduates and faculty of the Interaction Design Programme who will share some of their physical computing and connected objects projects done over the past year. Some of the projects are experimental and others are meant to create a more meaningful dialogue. Either way, we hope to inspire and share knowledge with those who are interested in prototyping and the tangibility of technology.

2. In-Person Arduino Event

Time: 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
We are offering a limited amount of seats for people to join us at the CIID studio in Costa Rica to meet some of the team, watch the talks – and take a look at our digital fabrication lab which has been generously supported by the CRUSA Foundation.

Come and see our space, bring a mask, enjoy some good snacks and drinks in our beautiful court-yard – and maybe even try out some of the tools and machines!

Due to COVID protocols we are offering a limited amount of seats. If you sign up and are unable to join, please let us know so we can free your spot.


Come and see this year’s final projects

Wednesday, 17th Feb 2021


Date: Saturday, 27th February

Time: 11am – 7pm

Location: CIID House, Bario Escalante, San José, Costa Rica

Waze: https://waze.com/ul/hd1u0x003u

Please bring: Your mask and headphones

Sign-up here!


We are excited to announce that we will celebrate the first students to graduate from the Interaction Design Programme (IDP) in Costa Rica at the end of February. After an intense curriculum, 26 talented designers from all over the world will demonstrate their new found knowledge and skill-sets through their Final Exhibition.

This exhibition will showcase a wide range of design solutions through an impressive collection of tangible and visual prototypes. Covering environmental and social issues, art, education and the extension of the human senses – the projects will demonstrate the multi-disciplinary, exploratory, and potentially disruptive nature of Interaction Design.

Many of the projects take a life-centered approach and have considered the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We hope that these 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 people and the planet.

To ensure the safety of our guests and graduates, we need to limit the number of visitors in the building to 25 per hour so it is vital that you sign up with the time you and your guests would prefer to attend. If there are no spaces for that time, we will offer you another possibility.

Each session will start on the hour (e.g. 11am, 12, 1pm, 2pm etc) and you will have 45 minutes to see the projects inside the studio. We then encourage you to visit our garden where you will see the remainder of the projects and enjoy a refreshment.

If you are not able to attend the exhibition in person, you will still have the opportunity to see the work as we will be hosting a virtual exhibition at the end of March.

In real-life or virtually – we hope you can join us to experience the projects and meet our talented designers.


Safety Protocol:

The exhibition will comply with COVID19 guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests and students:

  • Before entering, someone from the CIID team will take your temperature and give you hand sanitizer.
  • The layout of the well-ventilated space will be one-way, leading towards the garden.
  • Please respect any signs on the tables/floor when interacting with a project.
  • We will limit the number of guests in the space at any one time to avoid crowds.
  • We will respect a minimum of 2m distance between projects.
  • The projects will be sanitized between visitors and the tables/floors cleaned every hour.


Saturday, 6th Feb 2021


Worn around the neck, the BioCollar has been designed to help plant owners better understand the needs of their plants by delivering real-time feedback

Written By: Serafina Basciano

Spotted: The term “Plant Parent” has become a standard term in a millennial’s everyday vocabulary. However, many people still struggle to take care of their plants because there are many factors that contribute to plant health. Designed by students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, the BioCollar wants to be an intermediary between plants and humans. Worn around the neck, it aims to build empathy between the wearer and their plant.

Read the full article on Springwise.com

IXDA Shortlist! – Camino del Perezoso (Sloth Path)

Monday, 28th Dec 2020

Camino del Perezoso (Sloth Path) from Interaction Design Association on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Herin Haramoto, Julian Jimsa, Sammy Creeger and Nina Shenoy – the designers of Camino del Perezoso (Sloth Path). Camino del Perezoso is a sustainable certification standard that connects museums, gastronomical hubs, small businesses and nature all together into a connected network of paths across the city for you to explore.

The concept was born out of the Interaction Design Programme 2020’s Service Design class which – taught by Ana Domb, Andrea Mignolo, Anna Hartley and Mariana Prieto – focussed on the topic of resilient tourism.

Vote for the project to get the IXDA’s People’s Choice Award.