Design in perilous times

31 January to 5 February 2021 • Montréal, Canada

In 2021, Interaction week will be in Canada’s cultural capital, Montreal. With an interesting mix of European charm and North American energy, this thriving hub is bustling with innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. As one of UNESCO’s design cities, Montreal acknowledges & encourages the power of design to enhance the quality of life.

Today surrounded by different global perils, politics, economic disruption, social injustice, health, climate crisis, privacy wars, deep fakes, and many more, we ponder, what role can design play in the wake of such unrest?

Join us for Interaction Week 2021 in Montréal to engage in conversations surrounding the perils we continue to face, failure, solution pathways, and address the hard questions.

Unprecedented environmental, social, & cultural crises demand our attention.

Meet the co-chairs

Brenda Laurel has worked in interactive media since 1976. Her portfolio of work in the computer game industry ranges from Atari to Activision. She researched gender and technology at Interval and co-founded Purple Moon in 1996, an interactive media company for girls. She then served as chair to the Graduate Media Design Program at the Art Center College of Design and later the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts. Her books include Utopian Entrepreneur, Design Research: Methods and Perspectives, and Computers as Theatre, Second Edition. Dr. Laurel earned her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Drama Theory and Criticism. She is a member of the Board of Directors of IxDA Global.

Saaniya Shaikh is an award-winning, design leader with over 13 years of building impactful product experiences globally. She completed her MFA from the University of Oklahoma on a prestigious fellowship and was a design instructor for the undergraduate program. In 2018, she founded Women of Product, a nonprofit professional organization in Montreal that believes in an inclusive audience to encourage women leadership across different product disciplines through events, workshops, mentorship programs. Presently, Saaniya is a Senior UX Lead with Broadsign.

Alexis Morin is the IxDA Montréal Local Leader, an internationally recognized designer, and hyperpolyglot who has been building products for over 12 years. Graduated from the Umeå Institute of Design in Sweden, his work and Open Source contributions have earned him awards, patents, and are used by millions of people. He currently works as a Senior UX Designer at Ubisoft.