1.00pm – 3.00pm

Plenary, featuring international keynote presenter

John Ryan, Creative Director, Local Projects, USA

Ryan, JohnJohn Ryan is Creative Director and Director of Interaction Design at Local Projects. A New York-based experience design and strategy firm for museums, galleries and public spaces, Local Projects uses architecture, technology and storytelling to create new engagement experiences and test the limits of human interaction. They have created landmark media design projects like the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

While innovation drives much of Local Projects’ work, storytelling, meaningful experiences and creating projects that endure are at the heart of their practice.

ABSTRACT

Where high-tech meets the human touch

New landscapes are emerging that blend technology, architecture, and the people that inhabit them in increasingly complex ways. How can such museum experiences be designed to foster meaningful human connections and interactions?

This question is central to the work produced by Local Projects, an experience design firm, based in New York, USA. The studio has won multiple awards for groundbreaking projects that integrate architecture and digital media, including the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Their work has enabled visitors to browse an art museum’s collection with facial expressions, monitored brain activity as visitors explore a science museum, and turned visitors into designers with an interactive pen.

To create captivating innovative environments that remain sensitive to the human scale, Local Projects leverages emotional storytelling, visitor participation, and shared social interactions. Their interdisciplinary team of architects, designers and technologists design experiences that encourage visitors to fully engage with body, heart, and mind.

John Ryan, Creative Director and Director of Interaction Design at Local Projects, will share the studio’s groundbreaking projects and investigate the design principles that have informed them, examining how such experiences can be both innovative and meaningful.