Are you interested in exploring the nature and aesthetics of interaction design? Come and learn how to be creative in a hands-on studio environment.


This course focuses on interaction design foundations, history, critique, aesthetics, and contemporary issues. It provides a great intro to new practitioners as well as an in-depth exploration of interaction design for more experienced designers.

Participants will be given the space and guidance to delve into formal and aesthetic aspects of interaction design while getting experience working in a studio environment.

Through a series of lectures, films, history, and studio practice, participants will explore the nature and aesthetics of interaction design in digital and physical space through individual and team work, design synthesis, and more.

This workshop is for anyone who wishes to explore interaction design in both a theoretical and practical way. For those coming from another design discipline, this is a great intro into what makes interaction design unique.

For those without previous design experience, this is a chance to learn the basics of how to work like a designer, as well as the detailed context of interaction design specifically.



How will I Learn?

A learning-by-doing approach provides hands-on experience with interaction design through small team projects. Through a mix of lectures and studio work, participants will explore the aesthetics, history, and practice of interaction design, presenting their own prototypes by the end of the week.

What will I learn?

Design foundations, theory, history, and practice

How to give and receive critique

How to be creative within constraints and on-demand

Practice working individually and in small teams.


Erik Dahl

Erik Dahl is an independent designer, researcher, and strategist based in Grand Rapids, MI, USA. His background in anthropology, semiotics and human-computer interaction help him make sense of complex situations and create meaningful interactions and experiences for his clients and their customers.Erik’s work has covered websites, applications, products, wearables, environments, and services across domains from personal electronics, military, financial, medical, industrial robotics, farming and agriculture, education, and cooking.

Erik has particular interest in ethnographic research, information visualisation, embodied interactions, emotions, and product strategy. His clients have ranged from small startups to Fortune 500 companies, including companies like Yaskawa Robotics, Panasonic, General Dynamics, Case New Holland, Select Sires, Target, Extole and Bluebox among others.While Erik was at MAYA Design in Pittsburgh, he helped develop the initial Human Centered Design curriculum that became the core of what is now the Luma Institute.

Erik has spoken and run workshops around the world at Interaction, UX Week, MidwestUX, IA Summit, EuroIA, UX Lisbon, among others, on topics ranging from general theory and practice, ethnography, research, culture, embodied interactions, and Arduino.In 2010, Erik co-founded the MidwestUX conference, an intimate, regional UX conference creating a space for distributed design practitioners to form connections at a human scale.

In 2018, he finished serving a 2-year term as President of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), where he has previously served as a Board Member and Local Leader.

Mitsu K. Shah

Jul 1
Jul 5
July 5, 2024
5 Days
Pune, India