David Gauthier is Assistant Professor at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID) and earlier this year we had a pleasure of having David speak about CIID and the work of the school at the Resonate festival in Belgrade.
David graduated at the MIT Media lab working on viruses for 2.5 years and worked at the new media institute in Canada as well as the Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. Throughout his career he has worked with architects, designers, fashion designers and scientists and for the last 4 years at CIID where he has been involved in both teaching and defining the curriculum for the school.
The teaching programme at CIID started in 2008 while the institute was founded in 2006. It divides its activities across 4 different areas which share expertise consultancy, research, education and the newly formed “incubator”. Focus of David’s talk was the education and research, in particular the interaction Design Programme (IDP) at CIID. This is a 12 month full time Masters programme, hosting a maximum of 25 students and it brings international students, faculty and staff together in a multicultural, multidisciplinary studio environment to co-create future education. Eighty percent of the teaching is done by the visiting faculty, hired on demand from various disciplines.
David describes in detail the structure and the workings of the IDP course by talking about different methodologies and activities while presenting some of the students work ranging from 2008 until 2012. In addition, David looks at how the ‘interaction design’ education has changed in the last 10 years and how CIID responds to the ever shifting nature of the profession.
In the last part of his presentation David talks about the research at CIID which is concerned with breaking the boundaries of current thinking around the design, both in practice and education, and the use of people-centred creative and advanced technologies.