Bringing Interaction Design to Singapore

Long a global powerhouse in shipping, business and finance, Singapore has invested heavily in recent years to build its design-driven economy as well. Starting in mid-January, a team of three designers and educators from CIID Consulting has been busy helping advance this effort, with a three-week masterclass series on “Designing Interactions” held at the National Design Centre in collaboration with DesignSingapore.

The courses have already brought together over 80 Singaporean creative professionals, in fields ranging from Industrial and Interaction Design to Architecture and Design Research, to participate in a series of intensive workshops highlighting proven user research and prototyping tools. In true CIID fashion, the sessions feature plenty of interactive learning, challenging participants to quickly build physical, paper and digital prototypes, in addition to examining case studies and engaging in discussion about what works (and what doesn’t) in experience design.

The masterclass series includes sessions on Interaction Design, Physical Computing (with a focus on the Arduino platform), Experience Prototyping, and a special one-day workshop on designing for retail and foodservice experiences. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, with plenty of creative prototypes, real-world user testing, and lively conversation keeping energy levels high.