Interaction Design is common ground for design sectors focussing on Services, Strategy, User Experience, Product and much more. Together with Thomas Kueber, Audrey Liehn and Kathryn Hing I do have the pleasure to nurture and grow a local chapter of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). IxDA Berlin convenes the local community of experts in related areas, together with students, novices, and all other parties interested in thought exchange and driving this design discipline forward.
At our frequent events, we present renowned international speakers and host discussions among the protagonists of Berlin’s vivid Interaction Design scene. Partnering with the industry and design schools, we constantly challenge ourselves to expand the communities horizon beyond established design paradigms. We believe that evolution comes from the community.
“Being average is what makes you normal. Let’s appreciate it.”
Our own Kathryn came up with a concept she named the “Wall of average” a while ago. Thinking of ways to emphasize on IxDA Berlins mission statement, which includes a strong focus on non-experts to the field, to students, newbies, and interested people from other professions, we came to the idea of translating that initial concept to our community.
We envisioned a frame a person can hold and peek through. The individual average goes on the frame – using chalk. At our events, you can find a photographer that is happy to get you pictured in the “FOA”. And we had some quite funny results when we tested the FOA in the wild for the first time back in June!
Starting today, IxDA Berlin is beginning to post a series of pictures taken at our events, capturing our beloved community members together with their averages. Our goal is not only to capture memories of our events and give back to the community. By sharing the images across social networks, we also hope for people to relay our call to action, to join our events, follow us along, and contribute to all of us learning.
I am super-curious for all those FOAs to come in the future!
I knew there would be many people looking for ways to get into the sold out UXcamp Europe in Berlin next week, so the bar had to be high for raffling away the 13 very last tickets I had secured for you. I asked you to complete a sentence/tweet, but some of you really went way beyond that – awesome stuff flew over the Twitterz this week, thank you everybody so much for participating!
It’s been really hard to pick winners from all those super-creative Tweets… but it had to be done. If you did not win, don’t be sad: consider popping ’round at one of our next IxDA Berlin events and we’ll have a drink (or five) and some quality time over there!
Here are the 13 lucky ones – congrats to the winners, and see you all next week in Berlin!
(#uxce16 ticket codes have been sent to you via Twitter DM)
#1 Ania Tutak (check out that Video!!1!eleven)
#3 Anil Kumar
#4 Steve Upton
#5 Enrico (check out the animated GIF!)
#10 Richard (Ha, I love that one!)
Aaand the lucky #13: Jelmer Kuurstra
UXcamp Europe, among the biggest UX events in the world, again sold out in just minutes! I know that many would love to go and join 500+ others that have been lucky and hold a ticket. Even my buddies at the Adobe XD team are jealous they can’t join us, as you can see in this team video we’ve recorded for you.
So you want one of the last tickets, yes? OK I have secured the lucky number of 13 ticket codes for you. Take your chance, and:
Hey @klick_ass, let me explore @AdobeXD @UXcampEurope, because …
(Click here to compose your tweet or copy the line above to your Twitter client manually)
I will review your tweets and the most creative, funniest, or probably just the most reasonable request wins! Winners will be announced Friday evening, ticket codes will be sent to the lucky thirteen via Twitter DM.
Good luck – looking forward to your tweets, and can’t wait to meet everybody at UXcamp!