May 11-13 2004
HP Labs, Bristol UK
2AD: The Second International Conference on Appliance
Design took place on May 11-13.
Over 130 delegates from around the world presented papers, posters,
demonstrations and design exhibits over three days at HP Labs,
The second in this international conference series was sponsored
by HP Labs, IDEO,
Inmarsat, Nationwide, Steelcase and The Appliance Studio.
The first in the series, 1AD,
held in Bristol in 2003, was also attended by commercial and academic
delegates from leading research centres worldwide.
The next event in the series, 3AD, will be held
in 2005. 3AD will feature an extended Appliance
Bazaar, expanded keynote
discussions with key thinkers in the appliance
design space, a research papers
programme, and the 3AD design competition
with a prize sponsored by an leading international design company.
2AD is the shape of conferences
to come, according to Ann Light at usabiltynews.com
Technologies Designed for Life more...
the 2AD final
conference programme (pdf)
Download the 2AD media
from the conference chair (pdf)
from the conference
about last year's conference
Download the slides from Bill
Sharpe's keynote at 2AD (powerpoint 5.4Mb)
Mobile Phone: Friend or Foe?
asks Scott Jenson, one of this
year's four keynote speakers more...
from conference sponsors Nationwide Buiness Futures Group more...
where you are - the Intelligent street.
A demo of immersive music controlled by your mobile phone is to
be shown at The Appliance Bazaar more...
Pin and Play
Lancaster University's ubicomp research group demos their smart
surface wirefree networking technology more...
Ange A wearable musical interface
Ange Anatomique, by Jacques Fabien Gauthier d’Agoty,
18th century medical engraving. more...
all this stuff good for?
about Bill Gaver's
keynote at 2AD more...
"Too clever for our own good" The
"Gadgets go back to basics" BBCi
"Information Appliances herald the New Usability"
"Serving up schminky" from HP Invent's m-pulse
The AD series of events are the international
forum for the new discipline of appliance design that will reach
across historical and discipline boundaries, blending physical,
functional, interactive, graphical, and information design for
new information appliances. Of paramount concern to the broadcasting,
entertainment, computing and telecommunications industries, appliance
design represents a coherent approach to the design of new media
and information appliances and the systems in which they are embedded.
The aim of the AD conference series is to create
a dialogue between disciplines including product and industrial
design, information design, interaction design, technology innovation
and research in human-centered studies which will help
traditional disciplines re-establish themselves in a new context
and so drive forward knowledge in an industry where users will
increasingly assert their demand for products that fit into their