2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: Gettin Busy With Pair Design

Written by Hugh Forrest | January 2, 2014

Chris Nossel talks about pair design at SXSW Interactive 2014

The 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival includes more than 800 sessions covering a complete gamut of topics relevant to digital creatives. This installment of the Session Spotlight examines “Gettin’ Busy With Pair Design”, a dual session led by Chris Noessel (@chrisnoessel) of Cooper Design in San Francisco. Noessel is pictured at right.

SXSW: Please tell us what the “Gettin’ Busy With Pair Design” session at SXSW Interactive 2014 will cover.
Noessel: Over the course of its 20 years in business, Cooper has evolved a highly effective method of having its interaction designers work in pairs. We're going to talk about how it works, why it works, and how to do it.

SXSW: Have you spoken on this topic before? If so, where and when and what kind of reaction did the session receive?
Noessel: Both my co-presenter (Suzy Thompson) and I teach these concepts as part of the curriculum in Cooper U classes all around the world. I am presenting the first draft of this presentation at IXDA 2014 in Amsterdam. SXSW 2014 is the first time Suzy and I, who have been paired for some key projects, are presenting the material together.

SXSW: If a SXSW Interactive registrant is unfamiliar with this topic, will he / she be able to follow the discussion?
Noessel: If you have a working knowledge of design, it will help you understand what problems pair design solved, but it's not crucial. Even if you're new to it (or a manager who's never designed yourself) we're pretty good explainers. :)

SXSW: What do you hope to gain from speaking at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival?
Noessel: I have not-so-secret plans about turning this material into my next book. I'd love to get some audience feedback on what they thought of the material. New friends and business connections are always a nice plus too

SXSW: In your opinion, why is speaking at SXSW Interactive a big deal?
Noessel: I like the opportunity to talk to an audience of people from all over the world who can geek out with me on design topics, or sci-fi, or the best local tacos, or you know general nerd topics.

SXSW: What is your favorite memory from a past SXSW?
Noessel: My favorite memory? It's a toss up between talking about sex-related sci-fi interfaces with my Dad in the audience, or the massive thunderstorm the year I actually got a room at the Hotel San Jose. :)

SXSW: In your opinion, who is the most innovative person in the world today and why?
Noessel: The Internet is the most innovative person in the world today. It's gaining sentience and produces an incredibly broad and deep body of work.

Stay tuned to this space for more installments of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight. Click here for the complete list of programming for March in Austin. Register now to attend “Gettin’ Busy With Pair Design” and other programming at SXSW Interactive 2014. Hurry, registration prices increase at the end of the day on Friday, January 10.