The Paris session: final program, May 19th 2011

UPDATE may 17 : slight shift in the schedule as lunchtime is now planned 12:30 – 13:30.

The provisional program is now online for the next session in Paris. It will be divided in two parts : morning part will be dedicated to invited speakers while the afternoon session will be open to Cumulus members introducing themselves.

10:00 – 12:30 Part #1 Invited speakers : a glance at French interaction design

First speaker : Benoît Drouillat, President of “Designers Interactifs” – Main professional organisation for interaction design in France


Benoît Drouillat is the founding president of *designers interactifs*, an organization to advance the interaction design profession in France. He has an hybrid background in both design and literaturecheap bounce houses. He has held numerous positions in interactive agencies. He talks and teaches in design schools and at universities (Paris-Est Créteil and Limoges) about interface design and information architecture. He has published 2 books with Nicole Pignier: Penser le webdesign (2004) and Le Webdesign, sociale expérience des interfaces web (2008).

Second speakers : “Our experience as a small French innovation design consultancy” – Nicolas Gaudron & Virginia Cruz, IDSL


Nicolas Gaudron holds a Master of Arts in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London.
After a work experience at IDEO Palo Alto (California), he worked at INRIA (French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control) as product / interaction designer on a new communication control protocol and smart devices («Interliving» European research project of the Disappearing Computer IST programme). He then joined Renault Industrial Design, «Prospective & Concept Car» Department where he has contributed to the development of the Human-Machine Interaction expertise, before founding IDSL in April 2007.

Virginia Cruz has an engineering and design background. She is graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole des Mines ParisTech, and from the Royal College of Art in London with a Master of Arts in Industrial Design inflatable triangular castle maze. After working for Electrolux in Sweden, Sony R&D in France, she worked for Orange France Telecom group as interaction designer at the «Smart Objects and New Interfaces Laboratory» in Grenoble and at the Explocentre innovation centre in Paris. She joined IDSL in April 2008.

Teaching activities
They talk and teach in design, engineering and business schools about innovation methodology, design thinking and interaction and service design. They started teaching in 2006 when they cofounded a 1-year interaction design studio at ENSAD (Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs) in Paris. They are supervisors and teachers of the interaction design course (part of the Humanities and Social Sciences programme) at Ecole Polytechnique since 2008.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch break

Self service buffet.

13:30 – 15:00 Part#2 Members sessions : an introduction to Cumulus members’ activities and projects

Rule : Fifteen minutes session to introduce your approach, your experiments or your outputs in the field of Digital Culture

You feel like you should be on stage ? Send us a mail

Updates will be published here as soon as possible.

15:00 End of the Working Group

The session will be held at Strate Collège Designers. 50  seats available. Official website for the conference (registration required to participate).

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New Cumulus Digital Culture session in Paris -May 19th 2011

The next Cumulus Digital Culture session will be held during  the Cumulus spring conference in Paris organised by Strate Collège Designers. The session is planned on Thrusday May 19th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and the program is still work in progress (but should be announced here soon).sumo wrestling suits for sale

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Feedback from the Shanghaï session

The Cumulus Digital Culture session in Shanghaï, September 7th 2010, has been a fruitful and friendly event. The working groups were organised at the Shanghaï Concert Hall, a XIXth century neo-classical building bringing an ideal contrast to the XXIst century concerns we were discussing.  Despite a fuzzy organisation from Tongji that brought a little mess and improvisation (no room available for the first two hours but free coffee), the program of the session has proved to be worth the effort, thanks to our smart speakers and participants.

A vision of the Chinese digital market by design practitionners

The first part of the session was focused on a vision of the Chinese use of digital technology through two complementary speeches.
First presentation was made by Itamar Medeiros, User Experience Manager at Autodesk Shanghaï and coordinator for the Shanghaï group of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) . He brought us a documented vision of the actual digital market in China, with numerous facts and figures. Itamar posted the presentation and an excellent post about the session on his own blog.

Here is the presentation on Slide Share : Digital Culture in China: OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERACTION DESIGN

Second presentation was made by Lynnette Chan, former Lead of Creative Studio at Asentio and industrial designer at IDEO, now freelancer at Rénnovate . She introduced the results of a huge survey and ethnographic study conducted in several urban areas of China about the actual use of digital vs printed magazines. It was a well-illustrated grassroots approach to daily life, a good addendum to Itamar’s “Big picture” approach.

Opening up to Cumulus members

Second part of the session was meant to open a discussion with the participants cheap inflatable water slidesand getting to know each other better. On the “eat your own dog’s food” principle, my good friend and colleague Grégoire Cliquet made a presentation of the new experimental research lab READI we’re setting up in Nantes at L’École de design Nantes Atlantique late 2010.

Presentation on Slideshare : Readi – L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

The pace and content of the session seemed quite good and will probably be the model for next sessions in Paris, Denver and so on : one or two local speakers from the industry + a longer session for informalkids water slides projects and activities presentations from the Cumulus members. It has been a pleasure to meet old and new friends (hello Peter !), and also to meet up with Itamar and Lynnette, with an interesting possible following with IxDA. Call for participation is open for next session in Paris, May 19th !

F. Degouzon
Head of Strategy, L’École de design Nantes Atlantique

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We’re on Twitter !

The Working Group now has a Twitter account here

We are trying to follow up every Cumulus institution relating to the goals and purposes of the working groupair track gymnastics. Suggestions are welcome ! Join the conversation…

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Cumulus Digital Culture Session in Shanghaï 2010

Cumulus Shanghai Tongji 2010A new session of the working group will take place during next Cumulus conference organised by Tongji University in Shanghaï, Sep. 7-11 2010. The working group itself is scheduled Tuesday 7th 10:00-13:00. This will be the occasion to relaunch the activity of the WG, which has been quite sleepy for the last two years.Princess Castle Pink

Cumulus conference Shanghaï “Better City, Better Life” website.

Orientation of the Shanghaï Session :

What is the state of Digital Culture in Shanghaï 2010 ? We need inner feedback from players in the local market. What are the trends, opportunities and threats in the vastest area in Asia concerning digital services, applications and media ? With the introduction of case studies (success stories, failures and errors also), explanation and analysis of creative processes & key factors in this specific context will be brought. Invited speakers Itamar Medeiros and Lynette Chan will be provide us with their vision for the future, and maybe tell us a bit about expectations and wishes for the evolution of design education in the field of interaction design, service design, digital media Inflatable Water Game.

Session will be divided in two parts :

- Digital Culture in Shanghaï 2010 : case studies

Invited speakers :

Itamar Medeiros

Itamar Medeiros, from Brazil, currently lives in Shanghai, where he works as User Experience Manager of Utilities Design Solutions at Autodesk ®, and helps promote Interaction Design as a local coordinator for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has developed <>  several websites and interactive media campaigns, both as art director and, later, as creative director. As an Information Design specialist , served as board member of the Brazilian Society of Information Design , and held a lecturing position as Assistant Program Director of the Visual Communication Department of Raffles Design Institute at DongHua University, China.

Lynnette Chan
Human centered industrial designer at rénnovate
Former Lead of Creative Studio at Asentio and industrial designer at IDEO Shanghaï.
Lynnette Chan, born and raised in Singapore, currently curiously observing daily living surprises in Shanghai. Prior to setting up rénnovate, she was an industrial designer with IDEO and Creative Studio Lead at Asentio Design. Her project portfolio includes wide range of products, from Chinese youth media behaviors, health care, oral care, home electronics, future handheld computing to cooking stove for rural China. During the design process, she collaborates very closely across multi-disciplines (human factor specialists, mechanical engineers, and interaction designers).

- State of the art and relaunch of the DC activity : who’s in, who shall be in, what for ?

About Cumulus Digital Culture

Cumulus Digital Culture is a working group bringing together members of the CUMULUS Association dedicated to new media and interaction design.

For a while now, digital technologies and services have appeared all around us on a worldwide scale. Art, design and media higher education institutions have taken into account this emerging and challenging trend pervading our societies.
Many courses, curriculums, degrees and research projects have come to life over the past ten or fifteen years: “new media, “interaction design”, “multimedia/hypermedia” etc…
Depending on each institution’s own history, on the personal interests of the pioneering founders as well as on national and local contexts, many different options have been explored. It’s now time to identify and to gather the various players in our institutions interested in what can be called a “digital culture” in a broader sense.
This working group is meant to be both a platform for discussion and exchanges about existing experiences and a framework for future collaboration, including the quite contemporary issue of research.

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Information as Experience…


Typically, information is shown in a classical template; a bar chart, line graph, pie chart, etc. Such methods of displaying data have become so common that we often use them to communicate ideas, without first searching for a more successful means.

The goal of this project is to take you through the process of information visualization. Information design and visualization is a form of narrative. Each student approaches the information in their own way and generates a new and interesting concept to communicate traditional data sets.air track

The process of understanding data begins with a set of numbers and a
goal of answering a question about the data. The steps along this path
can be described as follows:

ImageHere“The process of understanding data begins with a set of numbers and a
goal of answering a question about the data. The steps along this path
can be described as follows:

1. Acquire – the matter of obtaining the data, whether from a file
on a disk or from a source over a network.

2. Parse – providing some structure around what the data means,
ordering it into categories.

3. Filter – removing all but the data of interest.

4. Mine – the application of methods from statistics or data
mining, as a way to discern patterns or place the data in math-
ematical context.inflatable rodeo bull

5. Represent- determination of a simple representation, whether
the data takes one of many shapes such as a bar graph, list, or

6. Refine – improvements to the basic representation to make it
clearer and more visually engaging.

7. Interact – the addition of methods for manipulating the data or
controlling what features are visible.”

Ultimately this is fun, really. Data is surprising in its flexibility and overall squishiness as a design problem. There are so many ways to approach information presentation. Whether it is the friendliness of the illustrative style of Richard Saul Wurman, or the precise regulation of Edward Tufte, or the elegant intelligence of Minard, ultimately you are end up expressing your authorship as a designer and your understanding of your target audience though very subtle graphic cues that guide without getting in the way of illumination.

- Concept by Ben Fry

Project: Data Visualization, Class: Experience Design at RMCAD
Student Designers: Andrew Alger, Jenn Doe, Andrea Kilness, and Grant Miller
Instructor: Fred Murrell

See the projects here:

Andrew Alger, Andrea Kilness, Grant Miller, Jenn Doe

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“Evezoom” : Final thesis works from L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique, 2007 (3/3)

Evezoom banner* Évézoom by Freddy Godin : There is now a variety of live events available in many areas, but how one is getting information about what’s going on in the neighbourhood ? Freddy Godin proposes a service for the promotion of events, based on a match between where you are and what you like. It is built in two parts :

  • A web platform where you can define and edit your personal profile and your points of interest,
  • A mobile service, enabling you to get appropriate information about upcoming events within the area you’re located in, wherever it is, in relation to your own profile and personal interestsoutdoor inflatable entrance tunnel.

Evezoom web platformEvezoom profile editEvezoom interface for mobile serviceEvezoom local information interface for mobile

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