Format of the Workshop

The workshop is designed as a two-day mix of practical activity and theoretical discussion.
The schedule of activities for the workshop is tentative, and may change.

Day 1: Mainly Practical

Time  Activity  Notes 
08:30-09:30 Introductions and scene setting
09:30-10:30 The current state of interaction design patterns 
10:30-10:45 -- Break -- 
10:45-11:00 The "writers' workshop" format The procedure to be followed will be described 
11:00-12:00 Pattern writers' workshop 1 In groups of 5, one writer's pattern examined each 
12:00-01:00 -- Lunch --
01:00-02:00 Pattern writers' workshop 2
02:30-02:45 -- Break --
02:45-03:15 Review of the writers' workshop process 
03:15-04:00 Alexander's "The Nature of Order" briefing Subject to availability 

Day 2: Mainly Theoretical

Time Activity Notes 
08:30-10:30 Applying patterns  Breakout group exercise 
10:30-10:45 -- Break --
10:45-12:30 The characteristics of interaction design patterns 
12:30-01:30 -- Lunch --
01:30-02:30 Structuring pattern languages
02:30-02:45 -- Break --
02:45-04:00 Identification of best practice and issues for further research
04:00-06:00 Preparation of poster

Breakdown of Subtopics

Introduction and Scene Setting.

The participants will briefly introduce themselves, and the structure of the workshop will be elucidated.

The current state of interaction design patterns.

A plenary discussion in which the current state of play will be determined. The discussion will be initiated by the presentation of a summary of points raised in attendees' position statements.

The "writers' workshop" format.

The format of the pattern writers review procedure, as used at PLoP workshops, will be outlined.

Pattern writers' workshops.

In small breakout groups, one pattern in each hour session will be reviewed, using the format previously presented.

Review of the writers' workshop process.

A plenary feedback on the review process.

Alexander's "The Nature of Order" briefing.

A brief resume of the ideas (the 15 fundamental properties) will be given. This is intended to stimulate issues to be introduced into subsequent discussion. We will address this topic in more detail if the final version of the book becomes available before the workshop.

Applying patterns.

In small breakout groups, participants will discuss the application of submitted patterns in design practice.

The characteristics of interaction design patterns.

This discussion will focus on attempting to characterize the specific qualities of interaction design patterns. Issues that will be addressed: formal vs. informal presentation of interaction design patterns; how best to find interaction design patterns; and levels of interaction design patterns.

Structuring pattern languages.

A number of approaches to structuring pattern languages are possible. This discussion is intended to take the previous topic further into practical application. Issues that will be addressed: relationship between patterns and pattern languages; and how to structure an interaction design pattern language.

Identification of best practice and issues for further research.

Preparation of poster.

Experience at our INTERACT'99 workshop indicates that this activity can be extremely stimulating and productive. However, participation in this open ended activity is at the discretion of participants.