CIID (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design), located at the heart of Copenhagen is a multi disciplinary and multi cultural learning and experimentation environment in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is one of the top design schools in the world and one of the few places where you will see technology used as a tool inside art, psychology, music and anything else you can think off.
It is a place where your ability to prototype the most wildest of ideas is limited only by your imagination. Students are pushed to think and design concepts in a way that fosters innovation and people centred design. This short video can help you understand more about CIID and the work that comes out of it:
Moreover, this school gets it right by having your projects emphasized and reviewed instead of having paper based exams that evaluate you. Some of the key mottos of CIID are:
- Build, test, repeat: Build the concept, test it out and repeat it again with the new learnings.
- Fake it to make it: Fake the concept as if it was real until you finally bring it to the world.
- Trust the process: Keep your faith in the process and structure of learning.
Simona Maschi heads the Interaction Design Programme and is also the co-founder of the school. Founded in 2006, this school has an expert network that includes people like Bill Verplank (who coined the term ‘Interaction Design’ with Bill Moggridge), Massimo Banzi (co-founder of Arduino), Matt Cottam (co-founder of Tellart), David Rose (Instructor at MIT Media Lab and serial entrepreneur), and many more experts from around the world.