Session type:
Endnote

Session duration:
60 minutes

Presented by:

Alisan Atvur

User Experience Researcher and Design Educator

About this Endnote

The Japanese kata is a choreographed series of activities practised to train and enhance skills ranging from martial arts to puppetry. The kata is a learning style, a communication tool and a philosophy of practice.

This session explores how one designer translates the principle of the kata into a practical approach to facilitating design projects.

The presentation is a hybrid style. One half will summarise theories and current thinking, and the other half will include practical facilitation activities inspired by katas. Participants will have online access to works cited, as well as the facilitation activities.

About the Speaker

Alisan is a user researcher and strategist with award-winning experience in healthcare, consumer electronics and finance. He has presented keynotes in 8 countries and given guest lectures at MIT, Georgia Institute of Technology, the California College of the Arts, and other institutions.

He is an associate editor of Touchpoint: A Service Design Journal and an advising researcher at the Copenhagen Institute of NeuroCreativity. Before moving to Copenhagen, he was a senior interaction designer at frog in San Francisco and the director of strategy at InReality in Atlanta.

He holds an MA in Education and Neophilology, and his postgraduate studies included research in psychotherapy, speculative fiction, anthropology, and applied sociology at the University of Oxford and New York University.

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