SXSW 2020

Prompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments


We spend more than 90% of our time inside. Despite their potential, interiors and their contents often serve as an overlooked backdrop to our lives. How can the places where we live, work, and play be more engaging? As advancements in technology cause social isolation, how can spaces teach people to be human again? This interactive, visually rich session will answer these questions and demystify psychosocial principles of human behavior. Gain a designer’s perspective on how to cultivate social interactions that leverage technology, environments, and objects. Participants will identify behavioral prompts using case studies and practice applying them to their own spaces. Whether you’re planning, designing, or just curious—come learn how to increase your connection with the world around you.

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  1. Identify specific design strategies and behavioral prompts that will encourage emotional connection and social interaction.
  2. Draw upon a research-based, human-centered framework for designing spaces and products that shape and positively influence behavior.
  3. Gain ideas from actual precedents where designed spaces and products are disrupting the status quo.



Tamie Glass, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Book Reading
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner

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