Sociable Media, formely IDM
EnsadLab Sociable Media is an interaction design research group from EnsadLab. The focus of this research program is on ‘sociable media’ as an interim object in an ‘empathic society’ (J.Rifkin), as a cathalyst of our relationships with people and places. In this context, the invention of new relationship forms is an essential stake, aiming at improving the connexion qualities linking people to information and environment, rather than to improve efficiency or productivity. Our approach focuses on the potential of perception, expression and reflexitivity towards the development of creativity, autonomy, empathy. We’re particularly interested in studying usages transformation and people’s motivations as well as exploring emerging usage forms and their socialization potential, technology being a mean.
As a research group in the domain of interaction design, we’re assuming a research by design positioning (W. Gaver). Our research is conducted by the design practice, through an abductive reasoning, in 2 positions within Fallman’s triangle (Fallman D): ‘Design practice’, real project, in collaboration with the industry, and ‘Exploratory design’, fictional projects, critical projects. Interaction design being at the junction of the experience design disciplines, especially social sciences and computer science, we conduct our research in collaboration with laboratories from computer science, information and communication science, sociology, anthropoholy. The applied research activity is developed with the relevant design methods and grounded on a theoretical curriculum, through readings and seminars introducing concepts from sociology of ‘imaginaire’, information and communication science, semiotics, cognitive psychology, and research methods.
Our research topics
- Design critique/presence and interpersonal communication forms
- Design critique/wearables and happiness
- Design critique/mis-habeviors of animated objects, in collaboration with EnsadLab DIIP & MIT MediaLab Tangible Media Group
- Design exploration/Learning by design & empathy and collaboration in education
- Design exploration/Quantified-self & happiness
- Design exploration/Civic engagement in usage of data through data visualization
- Design exploration/Tangible interfaces for information and social relationship
- Design exploration/wikipedia with 3 levels to faciliate engagement
Interaction design, service design. Exploratory design/research through design, design probes, design critic, reflexive practice. Digital anthropology, observations, behavior, contextualization, societal impact. Aiming at exploring the extension of perception, expression, reflexivity, creativity, autonomy, empathy through digital technologies. Workshop, prototyping, proof of concept and field study, publication.
- Idex Paris sciences & letters (PSL)
- Telecom ParisTech (social sciences/information & communication science)
- Pierre-Gilles de Gennes foundation, Paris
- CEAQ, Sorbonne, Paris
- MIT MediaLab Tangible Media Group
- CRI (Centre de Recherche Inter-disciplinaire) Paris
Researchers , professors, and experts
- Remy Bourganel (professor/researcher, Ensad)
- Annie Gentes (doctor, infocom, Telecom Paris, information and communication science/CMU/Stanford)
- Jean-Baptiste Labrune (doctor, computer science, MIT/MediaLabs, BellLabs Paris)
- Etienne Mineur (interaction designer, Editions Volumiques, Paris)
- Stephane Hugon (doctor, sociology of ‘imaginaire’, CEAQ, Eranos, Paris)
- Nicolas Nova (doctor, anthropology, NearFutureLab, professor, Head, Geneva)
Our portfolio (PDF)
The Sociable Media team attends and participates to several event in the interaction design domain and design research community. Here are a selection of them.
- Exhibiting at Biennale Internationale du Design, St Etienne 2013 ;
- Lift Conference 2013 – Talk from Alumni Geoffrey Dorne, Project booth from Max Mollon ;
- IXDA 2012 (Dublin) ;
- IXDA12 redux (Paris) – talks: Jeremy Boy, Remy Bourganel, Max Mollon ;
- Lift conférences 2010 and 2012,
- Wiid (Who is interaction design? – Centre pompidou), by Jeremy Boy, Samuel Huron (iri), talks: Remy Bourganel, Max Mollon ;
- “Orange hands you the keys” 2012, exhibition (Lieu du design – Paris) ;
- But also invite experts occasioning workshops and collaborations.
All pictures cc Max Mollon