Keynote: Carpe Diem: Attention, Awareness, and Interaction Design 2009
William James noted that "Our beliefs and our attention are the same fact." Which is to say that what we pay attention to is what we believe in. What are (should) we be paying attention to now? What do we as interaction designers believe in? What we do is more important, more vital, more essential than ever before. We have the opportunity to shape life as we know it in the 21st century. We need to seize the day.
Dan Saffer is a principal at Kicker Studio, a product design consultancy. Every day, millions of people use the products he has designed.
An international speaker and author, his latest book is Designing Gestural Interfaces (O'Reilly 2008) which has been called "an essential reference work for anyone looking to advance human-technology interactions beyond dials, knobs, keyboards, and mice."
He holds a masters of design in interaction design from Carnegie Mellon University. A thought leader in interaction design, his writings on design have appeared in BusinessWeek, Design IT! magazine, and many online publications, including his own site at http://www.odannyboy.com.