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Happy 105th Birthday, Heinz!

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Mai and Heinz von Foerster in Pangaro’s 1970 Citroën DS21 in Pescadero, California, in the early 2000s (Photograph: Paul Pangaro)

Heinz von Foerster was born 105 years ago today. He was a major figure in the beginnings of cybernetics from the middle of the 20th century, and through to its flowering as second-order cybernetics. His ideas can be magical and one of his papers is still a favorite and voted the favorite of students in cybernetics + design courses year upon year.  His wife, Mai, also magical in her clarity as well as succinctness (a trait not shared by Heinz), once said to me, “Heinz has a mind like a crystal.” He demonstrates this so well in his “Ethical Imperative”, a cybernetic koan worthy of contemplation and action: Read more…

Unique Opportunities @CCSMFA Interaction Design

Thesis Project by Amirhossein Nouri, CCS MFA IxD, Class of 2016

Thesis Project by Amirhossein Nouri, CCS MFA IxD, Class of 2016

Everyone knows we have thousands of interactions every day — with physical objects and products, digital devices as well as other people. But not everyone knows about interaction design, a new field that is focused on, that’s right, designing those interactions.

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Student Exhibition at CCS

Congratulations to our graduating students 2016!

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MIT Media Lab & Design

I believe that by bringing together design and science we can produce a rigorous but flexible approach that will allow us to explore, understand and contribute to science in an antidisciplinary way. — Joi Ito

Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab, is starting a new journal with MIT Press and MIT Libraries called Design and Science. His introductory post takes the stand that science suffers from narrow vocabularies that create silos of thinking and restrict rich collaboration.

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Design is Conversation

The paper “Cybernetics and Design: Conversations for Action” [PDF] has recently gone to print in a peer-reviewed journal. It offers a rationale for the position that design is conversation; perhaps a surprising idea, but the logic in the paper is rigorous. Cybernetics offers a foundation for 21st-century design practice, here is the core of it:

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Introduction to the CCS MFA in Interaction Design

A video is now posted about the Interaction Design program here at CCS, one of our four MFA programs. Here’s a link to my current thinking about the future of IxD and therefore what interaction designers need for highly successful careers. Have a look and then keep reading here if you’d like to know more context.

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How cybernetics connects computing, counterculture, and design

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Quite a mouthful, that title, but it’s an excellent summary: The connections across those domains are so rich and with so many shared influences, it becomes clear that the history of interaction design—and also its future—is bound up in systems and cybernetics, cultural politics and personalities.

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