“Designing Mediations” at the DRS2014 Conference, Umeå

drs2014_thvardI participated in the DRS2014 Conversation panel Intelligence, Interactivity, & Interfaces: Historical Approaches to Contemporary Practice, with my talk “Designing Mediations: Thermostats | Menus | Surrogates”. The panel was organized by Molly Steenson (CMU) and joined by Moa Carlsson (MIT). In my talk I explored different ways in which participatory design interfaces were conceptualized in the 1971 DRS conference, themed Design Participation, and the way that they each construed an ethical and legitimate computational mediation between the subject and the object of design. Sweden was lovely and *constantly* sunny.