Jodi Forlizzi, CMU Photo

Jodi Forlizzi, CMU

January 22, 2010, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
2145 Sheridan Rd. Evanston , IL 60208

Interdisciplinary Design for Services, Systems, and Beyond


Design in its most simple definition is human influence on artifacts, environments, services, and systems in the world. Design is important for product function and aesthetics, but also for the social, emotional, and cultural impact that designed things have in the world.

In this talk, I will share two big insights that I have learned about bringing design to HCI research and product development. I will use examples from my work and the work of my lab to show the benefit of these insights, and the power of design and design research as its own intellectual discipline within the context of other disciplines.


Jodi Forlizzi is an Associate Professor of Design and Human-Computer Interaction and the A. Nico Habermann Chair of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an interaction designer contributing to design theory and practice. Her theoretical research examines theories of experience, emotion, and social product use as they relate to interaction design. Other research and practice centers on notification systems ranging from peripheral displays to embodied robots, with a special focus on the social behavior evoked by these systems.

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