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Join us as we continue the Interaction 16 Redux video series. We'll begin each gathering with a video presentation from the IxDA 16 conference in Helsinki, and follow up with a lively discussion of what we learned and how we can apply it to our everyday design decisions. 

This month we'll enjoy Nicolas Nova & Simone Rebaudengo's presentation on Smart Frictions:

When labelling a product smart, we charge it with assumptions that change the way we interact with it and we charge it with expectations that influence the way we experience its flaws. Experiences with “smart” products seems to converge into a passive taking over of tasks that hides all the complexity and control behind “simple” interfaces.

How do we design for a future where smart will not always be perfect or so passive?

What interfaces can we design to avoid turning people into unaware and passive bystanders? How can a product adapt its smartness to a range of various users’ profile in order to fit their culture / desires / situations?

In this dual talk Nicolas Nova (Near Future Laboratory) and Simone Rebaudengo (, frog) will discuss the role of the term smart, its uses and misuses. By contrasting technological flops with speculative scenarios and by showing how to design deeper and deeper under the hood of smartness, attendants will learn the key questions to ask when designing smart behaviors and the complexities that will emerge in a future of smart frictions.

About IxDA Colorado: 

We're a professional group for Interaction Design, with forays into User Experience Design and related fields. All are welcome, whether you have years of experience or are just curious about making technology better for people. We serve Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins, and other northern parts of the Colorado Front Range. If you're in the southern part of the Front Range, there's also a new IxDA chapter in Colorado Springs:

Check our Message Board for job leads starting in 2010. Older job leads are posted at our alternate site (which we are phasing out) -- Or you can check out the international site at Plus, you can follow us on twitter @ixdacolorado.

Earlier Event: June 29
Denver Microservices: Markus Eisele
Later Event: July 7
Sass Hack Denver