“Interaction” with Carla Diana and Brendan Dawes

In this show two wonderful people from the days where I went to Flash conferences are going to join me. Both were – and still are – well known for the work they do and have been pioneers in what they do. Both have written books read by many people and are highly respected role models. I am delighted that Carla Diana and Brendan Dawes found the time to join me today. I could go on and write about them for hours, but I invite you to join me and find out who they are – if you don’t know them – and to hear about what they are working on these days.


In this session of the Café we are going to talk about interaction, or the ways that we connect with design through programmed responses, allowing us to get lost in the beauty of expression and the magic of the exchange. Brendan and Carla will share the passion around their work and talk about their varied approaches to creative technology.

About Carla Diana

Carla Diana

Carla Diana is a designer, author, and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in tangible interaction. Her work has appeared on the covers of Popular Science, Technology Review and The New York Times Sunday Review.

Carla created and directs the 4D Design program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. She also serves as Head of Design for Diligent Robotics, guiding the creation of robots for health care spaces. She created the world’s first children’s book on 3D printing, LEO the Maker Prince and cohosts the Robopsych Podcast.

Her latest book My Robot Gets Me: How Social Design Can Make New Products More Human, published by Harvard Business Review Press, comes out this March.

About Brendan Dawes

Brendan Dawes

Brendan Dawes is a UK based artist using generative processes involving data, machine learning and algorithms, to create interactive installations, electronic objects, online experiences, data visualisations, motion graphics and imagery for screen and print.

I recommend visiting his website to read about the process behind his work and see his projects.

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