“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.” - Steve Jobs

CIID Summer School 2012 – GO FOR IT!

I want to give a HUGE shout out to the CIID Summer School program that just opened up its application process.

Last year I had the honor of being able to do 2 of the 3 wk program. I wanted to do all 3 but they wouldn’t let me. I cam to the program early and got a tast of the first week and so wish I went to that week as well. You can read about my experience in a post from last year.

I feel really strongly about these opportunities. There will be others: SVA and CMU I’m sure will repeat their summer programs and maybe there will be new opportunities. But as a USer and as an interaction designer who believes in a very broad practice that is way beyond the web, mobile and desktop projects that the far majority of us usually work on, going to CIID in particular should be on your list of experiences. I wish it was 4 wks instead of 3 wks so I didn’t have to choose between the 2nd week parallel sessions: Computational Design (dive in Processing) and Physical Prototyping.

But like I said, it was important for me as a USer to get the heck out of the US. Learning in a new country over a sustained period where you have to cook, clean, and live in a foreign country to me should be prescribed as part of every designer’s education. If you haven’t had this experience at some point in your life, you should take it for sure. And if you can do it AND learn from the amazing faculty at CIID, then even better.

So what are you waiting for. APPLY NOW!

Note to Alie: How in the world did I not get into a single picture for the site?

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