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Bill Buxton to Keynote at MIX09

Jan 22, 2009 By

The MIX Core Team is thrilled to announce that Bill Buxton will keynote at MIX09!

Bill’s contributions to the fields of human-computer interaction, computer graphics and the application of technology to design, filmmaking and music are uncoutable. The sheer volume and gravitas of his work defies the form factor of a summary, but we’ll try, nonetheless.

Bill has received numerous awards, including the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society Award for contributions to research in computer graphics and human-computer interaction, the New Media Visionary of the Year Award at the Canadian New Media Awards and the “Lasting Impact Award”, from ACM UIST 2005 for the paper he co-authored, Issues in Combining Marking and Direct Manipulation Techniques.  In 2002, Buxton was elected to the CHI Academy.  In 2007, he was named Doctor of Design, Honoris Causa by the Ontario College of Art and Design.  In 2008,he became the 10th recipient of the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award,”for fundamental contributions to the field of Computer Human Interaction.”  And, in January 2009, he was elected Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions to the field of human-computer interaction.

Bill currently works as a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Read more about his fascinating work and life on his web site –

But Bill’s resume is only a part of why we’re so thrilled that he accepted our offer to keynote at  MIX09. The other part is Bill’s philosophy on designing software, and for that matter, designing anything. Quoting Bill’s personal mantra, “Ultimately, we are deluding ourselves if we think that the products that we design are the ‘things’ that we sell, rather than the individual, social and cultural experience that they engender, and the value and impact that they have. Design that ignores this is not worthy of the name.

Do we still need to tell you that MIX09 is going to be an amazing conference? Go register.

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Des Traynor said on Jan 22, 2009

This is probably the most awesome news I''ll get in 2009

Martin Gough said on Jan 22, 2009

Wow. I worship Bill''s book and have followed him for a long time. Looking forward to this.