Summer IntensiveInteraction Design
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This July, spend your summer evenings in a meaningful exploration of Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.
Meet the faculty of this year's Summer Intensive in Interaction Design:
Carla Diana enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. She has taught and lectured internationally, including a year as visiting faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the creative director for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon, and four years at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she co-wrote the school's first Interactive Design curriculum. She has extensive experience in design consulting for clients of all sizes and maintains an ongoing relationship with the product innovation firm, Smart Design, where she is honored to have been named the firm’s first Smart Fellow.
Carla is a big believer in continuous tinkering and 2011 she founded the Smart Interaction Lab at Smart Design, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of hacking and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and presence and awareness. In 2010 she took her studio on the road as one of MAD Museum’s Open Studio Artists in Residence where her creations were open for public viewing. Her recent article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the Sunday Review this January, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future.
Jodi is a designer and champion of the arts. In 2000, she founded the Grange Open House for the Arts, aiming to give artists, designers and musicians an open space to build and sustain their practices. Since 2000, 14 artists have worked and flourished there with residencies resulting in 3 published books, 8 released recordings, 12 art exhibitions, several grants and successful creative ventures.
Currently, she is VP of Product Design at CapTap, which uses technology and data to connect America’s small businesses quickly to the loans that they need to grow and succeed. At CapTap, she oversees a group of designers, researchers, and content strategists.
As a director of design at agencies like Barbarian Group and Bolt | Peters, Jodi worked with brands like Apple, CNN, GE, Google, Lexus, Mozilla, The New York Times, and Sony, to iterate quickly and extend products into new markets and platforms.
Prior to time at agencies, she was director of design and innovation at Fidelity Investments, where she simplified dozens of complex online transactions for 20+ million 401(k) investors into a single product that resulted in a patent and tripled participation rates within the first 12-months of launch.
In addition to patents, Jodi has received a half dozen industry awards. Most recently, she was awarded a 2013 People's Choice Award by the Interaction Design Association as a member of the UX4Good team. She mentors teams at TechStars NY and Lean Startup Machine.
Hilla Katki is a graphic designer who specializes in data visualization and interaction design.
Currently, she is the Design Director for a new data visualization team at Bloomberg that leverages the company’s unparalleled data, analytics and editorial content to create brand-differentiating interactive web and mobile data products for the global business consumer.
Previously, Hilla was the lead information designer, data researcher/analyst, and strategist for Major League Politics, a startup focusing on data-driven journalism that visualized live and historical data about U.S. congressional activity. She has also held positions in graphic and interaction design at Pentagram and Linked by Air, where she designed interactive displays, websites, and data visualizations for corporate clients and cultural institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, GE, Center for Urban Pedagogy, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Hilla holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and a BA in mathematics and economics from Bryn Mawr College. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and featured on Design Observer.