Speaker Details: Mark Rolston

The Shapelessness of Things to Come

The state of the very world around us – objects, surfaces, even entire rooms – is about to become the interface. As designers, this means we are no longer confined to designing experiences around tiny boxes in our pockets and on our desks. Now, the world is our canvas. Computer interfaces are de-coupling from machines, and we must invent ways to project computing experiences into the world around us – onto ambient surfaces, and into our line of sight. Ever-smarter machines are evolving into components of diffuse ambient systems: a network of cloud services, sensors, social networks, cameras, and hundreds of other components coming together to replace the unitary machines we use today. We will be inside the computer. Mark investigates how this profound evolution in computing is affecting our relationship with the world, and uncovers emerging new design challenges and possibilities.

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston

Mark Rolston, Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer of argodesign, is a renowned designer with a 25-year career of creating for the world’s largest and most innovative companies. An early pioneer of software user experience, Rolston helped forge the disciplines around user interface design and mobile platforms. His focus on groundbreaking user experience continues today, as he addresses the modern challenge of design outside the visible artifact–in the realm of behavior, the interaction between human and machine and other unseen elements. Prior to founding argodesign, he served as chief creative officer of frogdesign. A veteran design leader, innovator and patent holder, Rolston is an internationally recognized expert and valued advisor on software, experience design, emerging computing platforms and mobile applications.