Jake Barton

Jake is founder and principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Currently, Local Projects is partnered with Thinc Design as lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Other projects include interaction design for StoryCorps, six films for The Beijing 2008 Olympics, media design for The National Museum of American Jewish History, media design for the Official New York City Visitors Information Center, and co-creation of Timescapes for the Museum of the City of New York. Additional clients include jetBlue, the Tribeca Film Festival, the New-York Historical Society, the National Building Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

Jake was a finalist for the National Design Award in Communications in 2006 and attended the White House reception hosted by the First Lady and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He has lectured extensively at conferences including the Gravity Free Design Conference in Chicago, UX Week in San Francisco, and the IDEA Conference in both Seattle and New York. His work has received two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal from the IDSA Industrial Designers Society of America, as well as five awards from ID Magazine, and three from the AIGA. He serves on the board of AIGA/NY and on the advisory council of the Gravity Free Design Conference. He has a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he currently teaches the master’s thesis class. Before founding Local Projects, Jake worked as an exhibition designer for Ralph Appelbaum Associates for seven years.

Panel: Code and Public Space

Geographers Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge dedicated their most recent book to parsing 'code/spaces', environments where software and the spatiality of everyday life are "produced through one another". While the idea of social programming is not new, interaction designers and urbanists now find themselves in the curious position of being able to inflect the experience of urban space through apps, mapping tools and physical computing. Working on the assumption that defining public space is too important to be left to advertising agencies and/or bureaucrats, this panel will consider how creative technologists can shape discourse about urban experience and representation. Discussion topics will include: augmented reality and smart city rhetoric, media architecture, open data, privacy, intervention and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Session: Keynote - Like Falling in Love

The ways in which creativity, technology and expression are offering whole new modes for seeing things for the first time.