Meetup: Designing for Participation

Programming Series:

Summer School

In today’s participatory culture, users are rarely content with playing a passive role. Instead, we look for opportunities to respond, remix, re-interpret and in some way impact our surrounding environment, as well as the experiences housed within it.

But how does one plan and design for participation? Whether it’s for the purposes of a product, an interactive art installation, civic engagement, or a collaborative project, designers need to consider the kind of participatory experiences they want to elicit and how they might attempt to tap into their user’s internal motivations.

In this panel, Tom IgoeTaeyoon Choi, & Paola Antonelli will discuss the methods, theories and applications of designing for participation.


7:00pm – Doors Open
7:15pm – Talks begin, 15 min each
8:00 – Panel discussion and Q&A
8:30-10:00pm – Socializing over drinks


Can’t make it? Want more? Join Taeyoon Choi’s Designing for Participation workshop at Eyebeam on July 14.



Tom Igoe teaches courses in physical computing and networking, exploring ways to allow digital technologies to sense and respond to a wider range of human physical expression. Coming from a background in theater, his work has centered on physical interaction related to live performance and public space. His current research focuses on ecologically sustainable practices in technology development.  Along with Dan O’Sullivan, he co-authored the book Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers, which has been adopted by numerous digital art and design programs around the world. He is a contributor to MAKE magazine and is a collaborator on the Arduino open source microcontroller project.

Taeyoon Choi is an upcoming Creators Project Creator, new media and performance artist. He earned a B.F.A at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and an M.S at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2007. His work has been exhibited at Dislocate (Yokohama), Upgrade! (Macedonia), and Nam June Paik Art Center (South Korea). He has lectured at Parsons School of Design and led workshops in many places including Ars Electronica (Austria.) Choi received the Arts Council Korea “Young Artist Award” in 2007 and an Eybeam residency in 2008. Choi lives in New York and Seoul, and is currently an Eyebeam Fellow.

Paola Antonelli is the Senior Curator of the Department of Architecture & Design of The Museum of Modern Art, where she has worked since 1994. Through her exhibitions –among them Design and the Elastic Mind in 2008 –- teachings and writing, Paola strives to promote a deeper understanding of design’s transformative and constructive influence on the world. She is very proud of a recent acquisition into MoMA’s Collection: the @ sign. She is working on several exhibition ideas — including the upcoming Talk to Me — and on the book Design Bites, about basic foods taken as examples of outstanding design.



This Meetup is presented as part of our Summer School 2011 collaboration with The Creators Project, and as a lead-up to our Art Hack Weekend where we are inviting artists, developers, and designers to spend two days designing new experiences for artistic engagement.

Related programs

People: Paola AntonelliTaeyoon ChoiTom Igoe
Research: Education
Tags: summer school, Summer School 2011, The Creators Project