Interaction16 Redux Nederland

Annually, the IxD community gathers to stretch minds, sharpen skills and inspire each other at the biggest interaction design conference in the world. Because numerous people were unable to attend this event, we're bringing some highlights of the Interaction16 conference back to you.

Impression of Interaction16 in Helsinki

Program Friday, 20 May 2016

Like everything else in life, this program is subject to change.


13:30 – 13:45Conference recap — Part 1

Herjen Oldenbeuving Herjen Oldenbeuving takes you along on his personal Interaction16 trip. He will share the most useful, interesting and inspiring moments of the conference and the related social events.

13:45 – 14:15The Art of Drawing — Learning from the Masters

Kathryn Parkes How can a course in the art of drawing from the 1860s bring insights to the future craft of interaction design? Come listen to Kathryn Parkes to find out.

14:15 – 15:00Designing for Perspectives « video »

Tricia Wang We in the west have long had the bad habit of confusing our individual perspective with objective truth. This often shows up in design as “perspective collision” — when something that has been designed reveals the designer's limitations and biases. This also shows up inside organizations as the “quantification bias” — valuing the measurable over the immeasurable. Global tech ethnographer Tricia Wang traces the roots of perspective collision from 16th century Venice to the Oculus Rift, and shows that in the age of Big Data, designers have to break out from the single-perspective mindset to generate perspective rich contexts, and one way to do do this is to integrate Big Data with what she calls, Thick Data.

15:00 – 15:30Coffee break

15:30 – 15:45Conference recap — Part 2

Yohan Creemers Yohan Creemers will share the emerging trends and upcoming challenges for our design discipline as could be heard at the Interaction16 conference.

15:45 – 16:15Interaction Designers vs Algorithms « video with live Q&A »

Giles Colborne Are your design skills about to become irrelevant in an age of AI? Or can you reinvent yourself in time? You might have heard that smart algorithms are the next silver bullet. Data scientists promise that algorithms will read customers' data and magically predict their needs, bringing them the information they want, when they want it. In this talk Giles Colborne will look what algorithms are good for, and where they fall down.

16:15 – 17:00Closure Experiences
— Why a simple goodbye could help climate change

Joe Macleod Over generations we have distanced ourselves from meaningful closure experiences thanks to our lifestyles increasing in comfort, the church weakening and medicine advancing. This has seemingly freed us from the shackles of the ultimate closure experience - death - and sanctioning our personal pursuit of heaven on earth in the form of consumption. The consequences of our behaviour results in a changing climate, industries fined billions for mis-selling and individuals casually eroding their personal online reputations.

As designers we are active in the creation of services, products and digital products; making them attractive, engaging and usable for consumers, but we often overlook concluding these experiences for the user in a responsible way. Joe Macleod offers a model to frame this change.

17:00 – 18:00Drinks & Discussion

Do as 1,000 interaction designers in Helsinki did during Interaction Week 2016: grab a drink and discuss the future of our design discipline.

Registration & Fee

Tickets include entrance to the conference and refreshments. No vat applicable.

Early Bird € 75 (up to 11 May 2016)
Regular € 90
Student € 35 (full time students only)

You can pay online with iDEAL, and with Visa or MasterCard via PayPal. For those who prefer not to pay online, we offer the option to pay via a bank transfer until 11 May 2016.

Cancellations are not eligible for a refund, but you can transfer your registration to another person. Please contact us, if you need to transer your ticket.


Map of the area De Zilveren Vosch
Plompetorengracht 3
3512 CA Utrecht

Travelling by public transport: The venue is a 12 minute walk from Utrecht Central Station. Leave Central Station through the Vredenburg exit. Keep left and cross the market square. After 200 meters, turn right onto the Lange Viestraat. On the corner with the 'Thinker on a rock' statue and a 'Subway' branche, turn left onto the Voorstraat. Continue until you reach cinema 'Wolff City'. Turn left at the Plompetorengracht, De Zilveren Vosch is located on your right.

By car or motorcycle: The venue is located on the eastern side of the city center. There are two car parks nearby.

  • Kruisstraat (5 minute walk): € 3.00 per hour, € 21.00 per day (Kruisstraat 2).
  • Grifthoek (8 minute walk): € 2.05 per hour, € 16.40 per day (Wittevrouwensingel 96).


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