PSFK Good Ideas Salon London Speaker Richard Banks

PSFK Good Ideas Salon London Speaker Richard Banks
Francisco Hui
  • 14 january 2009

Richard Banks, Interaction Designer for Microsoft Research Cambridge, will be presenting his ideas on Good Ideas Over Time at the PSFK Good Ideas Salon London. His talk will touch upon emerging ideas when thinking about technological objects (both physical and digital) in the long term.

First, who are you and what do you do?

I’m Richard Banks and I design interfaces for Microsoft Research in Cambridge. The team I’m part of (Socio-Digital Systems) spends most of its time looking at family life, trying to figure out how the digital fits in. However you define it, family life is chaotic, complex and conflicted, not smooth, utopian, and Jetsons-like. It’s way harder and subtler to design for than it looks (that sounds like an excuse, I know).

You’ll be sharing your ideas in your discussion, Good Ideas Over Time. In one paragraph, can you explain what themes and ideas you hope to touch upon during your talk?

Our digital objects (physical or virtual) are rarely thought of in the long term. Instead we dispose of them quickly, or use them in the moment. But what happens when you start thinking about these items in the longer term, as objects of heredity, that may have value in unexpected ways to your offspring? What would you do with an iPod you inherited from your Grandfather? How do you want to be remembered online? Who would you pass your Facebook profile onto? What role will existing customs and rituals play in the way we treat our technology heirlooms?

Five sites that provide you with inspiration:

My inspiration list
Processing on Flickr
Smashing Magazine
Daily Routines
Getty Image Archive

Thanks, Richard!

To hear more from Richard and others, you can purchase your ticket to our Good Ideas Salon London on Jan 30th here.


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