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Event: Designing for interactive TV - Monday 10 May

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  • AIGA Experience Design London/Nico Macdo
    Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues and friends. If you are not already on the AIGAExpDesLondon list please join (details at the end). - - - - -
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2004
      Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues and friends. If you are not already on the 'AIGAExpDesLondon' list please join (details at the end).

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      You are invited to the forty-second AIGA Experience Design London meeting.

      Interactive television has been almost with us for over a decade. Five years ago the key players were industry upstarts. Today the BBC and BSkyB are bringing iTV to the masses, spurred on by the success of Freeview, interactive sports coverage, and SkyPlus. Not only are the design issues around iTV very different from screen-based media such as the Web (audiences, input devices, context of use) but the whole production process is based around the broadcast model. There is much to be learned, and much progress to be made.

      The design of electronic programming guides (EPGs) present many challenges, and is an area that, as channels proliferate, is increasingly commercially contested. And challenges are both on- an off-screen. The design of remote control handsets is a major issue for producers both and viewers.

      These are still early days, and we will also look at future possibilities and challenges in iTV. Please join us for what should be a very informative evening.

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      Monday 10 May, 6:30 for 7PM (until 9:00 PM)
      The Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2E 7DL
      (opposite the Royal Opera House)
      There is no payment to attend. Attendance will be limited to 80 people.
      Please only RSVP if you are likely to be able to attend.
      Please email all enquiries to this address, not the Design Council.

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      Presentation: BBC Interactive
      -- Vibeke Hansen and Vicky Spengler, BBC Interactive Television, New Media and Technology
      Vibeke and Vicky will talk about their design process, key considerations when designing for iTV, cross-platform issues, audience research, navigation and usability, quality control, and innovation.

      Presentation: Sky interactive TV
      -- Joel Newman, creative team, BSkyB

      Presentation: BSkyB Sky Plus handset design case study
      -- Jonathan Knight, Director and Principal Consultant, Frazer Designers
      Sky's brief to Frazer was to create "the most comfortable and easy-to-use remote ever for males and females between the ages of five and 80". Jonathan will discuss the project.

      Presentation: BBC New Media Central
      -- Russell Merryman
      Russell will discuss research and development work on the new MPEG-4 standard, which focuses on use in provision of cross-platform interactivity for broadcasters.

      Report back: TED2004 conference, and the Malofiej 2004 Information Graphic World Summit
      -- Max Gadney, Head of Design, BBC News Online

      Biographies (from 1 May) and notes from the last event can be found at:

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      Our June event is still being programmed. The theme is still being considered.
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