Atelier Master of Interaction Design, Campus Trevano - Cannobbio
16 / 09 / 2013

The new space for the Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design and FabLab SUPSI Lugano will be inaugurated on Monday 16 September, from 15.00 to 18.00. You are invited to participate to this event that celebrates the beginning of new and exciting academic year.

15.00 – 15.20 MAS in Interaction Design, Program presentation – Massimo Botta (Head)
15.20 – 16.30 Open Lecture “The career of the interaction designer” Giorgio Olivero (design director, studio TODO)

16.30 – 16.45 Luca Colombo, Director of Department
16.45 – 17.00 Hangout with Massimo Banzi (co-founder Arduino project)
17.00 – 18.00 Refreshments and visit to FabLab SUPSI

The new edition of Maind starts on September 16th 2013. We look forward to see how great this new edition will be. All program activities will be moved to a brand new space of the Campus SUPSI in Trevano : a laboratory where students will be able to attend the practical courses and to access the machines of the FabLab SUPSI Lugano in order to develop their projects. Designing and prototyping interactions have never been so close.


A new machine will be also shipped to the lab soon: a Shopbot milling machine. The machine will allow Maind students to work with larger surfaces and a variety of materials.

The program schedule is ready and new teachers joined the teaching staff: Giorgio Olivero, design director at TODO interaction design studio, will be teaching how to design advanced artifacts together with Massimo Banzi during the second module CAS2.

The Master of Advanced Studies in Interaction Design presents the infographics describing its educational system. Starting from the academic year 2013-2014, some changes will be introduced: the system is currently under revision in order to improve the balance between practical approach and methodological and theoretical aspects of the interaction design discipline. But what is really new?

Practices related to open source hardware, open design and digital fabrication are affecting the way things are designed and produced. They are having an impact on the way innovation is generated and on emerging design processes, which prospective interaction designers should definitely be aware of.


Being conscious of the relevant contribution and revolutionary impact of open source culture on our daily work as interaction designers, the Master program will integrate the “Share” level in its system in 2013-2014 (see infographics). Students will be asked to make their project open by releasing the specifications and files of the prototypes under Creative Commons licences. The project documentation phase is a guided process that points at feeding the future open design ecosystem.

In order to support the system shift towards openness, the Master will introduce a new typology of courses related to Open Design.