Interaction Design Tomorrow

Interaction Design Tomorrow

Dates:  6-10 August 2018

Volume: 40 hours, 3 ECTS

Location: Estonian Centre of Architecture, Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn, Estonia

Number of participants: max 20

Cost: FREE

Registration deadline: 22nd of May

Aimed at design students; no programming skills necessary.

In addition to the general required materials, candidates are expected to submit a letter of motivation explaining why they are applying  and outlining their experience with Interaction Design so far (max A4). Students are expected to bring their own sketchbooks, markers and laptops.

Please note that this course is meant for higher education students only.

Interaction Design Tomorrow workshop coordinator is Tanel Kärp.

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Over the course of a week you will learn about the foundations, history and possible futures of interaction design within a studio environment. This 5-day hands-on workshop provides a solid foundational knowledge of user experience (UX) design  for new practitioners, as well as an in-depth exploration of interaction design for experienced designers. The course gives participants space and guidance to delve deeply into theoretical and practical aspects of interaction design by investigating contemporary issues and proposing design solutions.

Through a series of lectures, films, historic case studies and studio practice, participants will explore the nature and aesthetics of interaction design in the digital and physical space, in individual and group studio practice from ideation and the iterative design process to presentations and critique.

Learning outcomes

  • knows about design foundations, theory, history and practice,
  • knows how to look at problems from social, technological, economic and cultural
  • knows how to be creative in the digital realm,
  • has experience in design research and synthesis,
  • has experience in working individually and in small teams,
  • is able to present design concepts.

Assessment: the course ends with pass-fail evaluation of the design concept presentation.
To pass the course, we will evaluate your process, concept and final presentation.

ISCED field of education: Audio-visual techniques and media production.


Haig Armen is a professor and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. For the last 6 years, Haig has lead the Interaction Design major at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. His research explores the intersection of design and programming, focusing on data visualization, gestural interfaces and music technology. His most recent efforts are in design-led entrepreneurship and creating new musical instruments using emerging technologies.

Haig’s background is in music and architecture, with an extensive career as a professional musician and composer. Over the past two decades, Haig has designed interactive work for prestigious clients like CBC, BMW, Chanel & Nokia. As a producer of CBC Radio 3′s groundbreaking online magazine from 2001–2005, Haig has received international design awards including three Webby Awards, two Prix Italia for Web Arts and Drama and a Gold Medal from the Art Director’s Club of New York. When Haig’s not teaching or hanging out with his family, he can be found playing jazz guitar, hacking instruments and coding.

Visit his website at

TIMETABLE (detailed timetable is sent to participants)

Monday, 6th of August:

  • Introduction to the workshop (talk)
  • Defining problems (lecture)
  • Assignment of groups and design challenges (activity)
  • Design research – methods and insights (lecture)
  • Begin research (activity)

Tuesday, 7th of August:

  • Design synthesis (lecture)
  • Research (activity)
  • Ideation – divergent & convergent (talk)
  • Concept development (activity)

Wednesday, 8th of August:

  • Prototyping and testing (talk)
  • Sketch, make, test (activity)
  • History of interaction (talk)
  • Sketch, make, test (activity)

Thursday, 9th of August:

  • Future of interaction (talk)
  • Prototyping an testing II
  • Sketch, make, test (activity)

Friday, 10th of August:

  • Refine projects and rehearse presentations
  • Final presentations

Please bring with you your own sketchbooks, markers and laptops.


The workshop is taking place as part of the project entitled “Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Presence & Possibilities”. The project has been made possible by funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

The workshop is organized by the EAA Open Academy and Faculty of Design Department of Interaction Design.