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What’s next and beyond?

”Form must have a content, and that content must be linked with nature.” Extend this to human experience, and Alvar Aalto’s famous saying perfectly describes the ethos of interaction design in 2016 and beyond.

The craft of design is in an exciting place right now. Designers have finally earned their seat in the corner office, but at the same time the dynamic within the industry is changing rapidly and constantly. Modern computing is taking design to places which we didn’t dare to dream about before, and is entering new, exciting fields such as robotics and nanotechnology.

The big question we intend to raise is what’s next in design, for professionals, consultants, studios and enterprises alike. The futures of interaction design, and design practice as a whole. To provoke, inspire and accommodate this theme, we’ve prepared, together with established Finnish filmmakers, a short film about the role of craft in the modern society.


We're thrilled to announce our first keynote speakers Kate Darling, Andrew Crow, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Marko Ahtisaari.

Kate Darling

Andrew Crow

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Marko Ahtisaari

The main venue

Interaction 16 will be held at Finlandia Hall, a masterpiece by the world-renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The venue is located at scenic Töölönlahti bay right next to Helsinki railway station, and within walking distance of a wide selection of hotels.

What is Interaction 16?

Interaction 16 is organized by Interaction Design Association The conference will bring nearly 1000 design professionals, leaders, students and volunteers together to enjoy three days of workshops and lectures in Helsinki. The local community, IxDA Helsinki, won the application over several other major European capitals.

The overarching theme that Interaction 16 explores is what’s next, in the context of the future of interaction design as a craft, as a profession, and design practice as a whole.
Interaction 16 runs the whole week from Sunday February 28th to Friday March 4th, including
The Education Summit, conference workshops and IxDA Interaction Awards.

Event Partners

  • Interaction Design Association - IxDA
  • School of Arts, Design and Architecture – Aalto University
  • City of Helsinki
  • IxDA Helsinki