Thoughts on Interaction DesignBy
- Jon Kolko, Jon Kolko, Editor-in-Chief, ACM Interactions Magazine; Executive Director of Design Strategy for Thinktiv; Board of Directors, Interaction Design Association (IxDA); former Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design, Savannah College of Art and Design
Interaction Designerswhether practicing as Usability Engineers, Visual Interface Designers, or Information Architectsattempt to understand and shape human behavior in order to design products that are at once usable, useful, and desirable. Although the value of design is now recognized as essential to product development, the field is often misunderstood by managers and other team members, who dont understand a designers role in a team. This can cause inefficient and ineffective products.
Thoughts on Interaction Design gives individuals engaged in this profession the dialogue to justify their work to other stakeholders. It provides a framework upon which to build intellectual discourse, and it substantiates the rigorous and unique nature of interaction design work. Ultimately, the text exists to provide a definition that encompasses the intellectual facets of the field, the conceptual underpinnings of interaction design as a legitimate human-centered field, and the particular methods used by practitioners in their day to day experiences.
Published: September 2009
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
People are clamoring for more copies of Thoughts on Interaction Design. It is one of two key books on interaction design practice that are of relevance to students and practicing interaction designers alike." Jodi Forlizzi, Associate Professor of HCII and Design, Carnegie Mellon University"This book occupies alone a special place on the designers bookshelf; it is truly a unique and lusciously written book that also benefits from being well-designed in its own right." -- Will Evans, Principal, Experience Design, Twin Technologies"The major strength of the book is its success in rendering theoretical content in an accessible way. The book delivers a healthy measure of critical thinking about the field of Interaction Design in a readable, conversational style." -- Bill Lucas, MAYA Design"Thoughts on Interaction Design became an instant classic. The 1,000 original bound copies of the book are treasured possessions of everyone lucky enough to have been able to purchase one." -- Steve Baty, editor for Johnny Holland magazine, a contributor to UX Matters"This book has an eloquent and clear way of communicating the context for interaction design both in theory and in application, outlining its relative place in business, academia, and in practice. - Liz Danzico, Chair of the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts
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Section One / Understanding Interaction Design
Chapter One: Multiple Roots, and an Uncertain Future
Chapter Two: Computing and Human Computer Interaction
Interaction Design in an Engineering Centric World
Section Two / Connecting People, Emotions and Technology
Chapter Three: A process for Thinking about People
Chapter Four: Managing Complexity
Chapter Five: Shaping Aesthetics to Inform Experience
Interaction Design as Business Lubricant
Section Three / The Rhetorical Nature of Interaction Design
Chapter Six: Interaction Design and Communication
On the Nature of Interaction as Language
Section Four / Challenges Facing Interaction Design in Industry
Chapter Seven: The Political Dynamics of Product Development
Getting Design Done