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Mind. Blown. 6 Surprising Ways You’ll be Inspired at Xlab 2015

Xlab 2015 at SVA Theatre

You know Xlab 2015 is about design + technology. You know you’ll hear about the latest digital tools and platforms being used to connect people and place. You know you’ll keep yourself on the leading (not following!) edge of your profession by taking part in the conversation. But you may not know these 6 surprising ways that you'll be inspired at Xlab 2015!

Retail + Digital Designers Talk Shop(ing) at Xlab 2015

Retail is great theater for digital technology in physical spaces, but the jury is still out on what it can and can’t do to drive sales and engage customers. At Xlab2015, a rock-star retail panel will tackle personalization, smart technologies, the omni-channel world of shopping, and how digital technology can make it more fun (for shoppers) and rewarding (for retailers)!

The Internet of Things and Why It Matters to You

The Internet of Things is a growing network of objects–from home appliances to industrial machines and from signs to cars—that are connected to each other and the Internet. Through an infinite web of sensors and devices that generate constant streams of data, objects will communicate with each other to make everyday tasks more efficient. Yes, it all sounds very Minority Report. But what does it mean for you and your future in designing experiences and connecting people to place? At Xlab 2015, we’re putting the pieces of the puzzle together. Be there to see how it all relates to YOUR practice!

Xlab -- Transforming the Conversation and the Future

New digital platforms and technologies are emerging and converging at warp speed. Since 2011, Xlab has looked ahead to the future of experience design and provided a platform for continuing dialogue about how design and technology can be used to improve human experiences in physical spaces. It’s an incredibly important conversation—shouldn’t you be a part of it? Register today and be a part of the future at Xlab 2015!

15 Digital Technology Projects that Transformed Public Spaces Forever

Crown Fountain at Millennium Park, Chicago

Perhaps the tipping point was in 2004, when artist Jaume Plensa created the giant pixelated portraits of Chicagoans spouting water from Crown Fountain in Millennium Park. Today, new digital technologies and connected data are making cities more open, efficient, and engaging--and changing the way we act and interact in public spaces. We’ll cover the cityscape and digital technology at Xlab 2015—Nov. 5-6 in NYC; you'll want to be there!

The Future of Wearable Technology and Experience Design

Technically, the Apple Watch, Jawbone UP, and Google Glass are nothing new. Wearable technology has been around since the early 17th century, when Chinese mathematicians adapted the abacus as a ring. Soon after, the pocket watch caught on in Europe—offering humans the first wearable, mobile technology that augmented their awareness of time, space, and environmental conditions.

To Be or Not to Be? The Rise and Fall of Branded Environments

Katie Sprague at SEGD Branded Environments 2015

The word "brand" was originated to describe the mark on a cow's butt. Today it covers much, much more than that. Branding is an art form, a short hand for customer preferences, and even a cause for world domination. Katie Sprague, Senior VP at Callison RTKL, covers the long and short of it at Be | The Branded Environments Event Thursday in Los Angeles.

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