As the world heals from the pandemic, positivity shines through to build back better. The pandemic exposed various problems, vulnerabilities, and newer approaches towards a multitude of things: from redefining the workplace to finding innovative solutions for the healthcare industry to understanding systemic issues and social problems. The pandemic became a forcing factor—bringing out design solutions to some of the wicked problems of our times. People came together to find solutions where avenues had to be created. Beyond this, inequality and cultural influences had to be tackled to keep the pandemic in check. To build back better we need better approaches, systems, policies, and processes that are inclusive, green, and respectful of all life forms.
The Interaction Awards play a major role to bring forward the best of the best and serve as a platform to showcase innovative design stories. This year while the Award presentation will continue to be virtual, the vision is to be accessible, inclusive, and spread stories of design triumph spanning cultures and geographies that celebrate the diversity of interaction design.
This year we want to focus on the following:
Promote Accessible and Inclusive Design
We truly want to amplify the voice of designs that are accessible and inclusive for all. Being able to give voice to the marginalized and address the needs and desires of human aspirations bring forth the strength of good design that helps construct better futures for everyone.
Celebrate Design Stories
IxDA should be looked at as a platform that celebrates stories. Good design is so much more than a solution, it always tells great stories that are responsible, ethical, and thought-provoking. IxDA helps in bringing good designs into the spotlight and serves as an example of projects pushing the envelope by challenging the status quo and thereby advancing the discipline.
Increase Community Outreach
The biggest strength of IxDA lies in its community. And we want to leverage these connections to encourage more people to apply this year than ever before. As we continue to spread awareness, we want to hear diverse perspectives from different ethnicities and geographies that address challenges that are localized and unique.
Call for Volunteers
We, Kadambari and Sreyan, are co-chairing this year’s Awards to bring this vision to reality. We would love to have your support and we invite you all to participate in the Awards and volunteer with us to make the Interaction Awards a success. Please register your interest to volunteer with us
Kadambari Sahu, SVP Design, ValueLabs
Kadambari Sahu is an award-winning Designer and a Design Leader, working as SVP design at ValueLabs. She founded the User Experience Group at ValueLabs, and is currently leading 50+ designers to create world-class and award-winning products and services to have a positive impact on businesses. Her forte lies in building, growing, coaching, and mentoring high-performance design teams from scratch. She creates a design culture by infusing design thinking within organizations and businesses to create a holistic strategy and customer experience. Her practice in design allows her to work on intangible and tangible aspects of design; breaking the boundaries between physical, digital, and service design and creating a seamless experience across media, devices, touch-points, cultures, and geographies. She has worked for clients across geographies spanning North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She has won 120+ awards for her work and leadership including Interaction 20, Red Dot awards, German Design, Stevie Female Executive of the year -Bronze, Women Leadership of the year -Titan awards, and many others. She has also been part of many international Design and Business Awards, Juries, and Fellowships.
You can know more about her work here https://kadleadership.com/
Sreyan Ghosh, Interaction Designer at Google
Sreyan started his career as an Interaction Designer at Google after graduating from National Institute of Design, India. He has led features for several large scale products including Google Pay for India (Tez), GSuite and, most recently, YouTube. At YouTube, he focuses on designing for the identity and expression of the 2 billion people who frequent the platform every month. A strong advocate for research-driven design that helps identify diverse user needs while striving for global equity and inclusion, Sreyan’s work has been published by the MIT press and won the 2017 Interaction Awards Best Concept. Outside of work, his interests include exploring intersections within digital and tangible interactions, mentoring designers through non-profit organizations, eating great food, and trying to run it off. You can see some of his work at https://sreyan.com.