Thoughts on Interaction Design

Thoughts on Interaction Design

1st Edition - September 22, 2009

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  • Author: Jon Kolko
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123786258

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Thoughts on Interaction Design explores the theory behind the field of Interaction Design in a new way. It aims to provide a better definition of Interaction Design that encompasses the intellectual facets of the field and the particular methods used by practitioners in their day-to-day experiences. It also attempts to provide Interaction Designers with the vocabulary necessary to justify their existence to other team members. The book positions Interaction Design in a way that emphasizes the intellectual facets of the discipline. It discusses the role of language, argument, and rhetoric in the design of products, services, and systems. It examines various academic approaches to thinking about Design, and concludes that the Designer is a liberal artist left to infuse empathy in technologically driven products. The book also examines the tools and techniques used by practitioners. These include methods for structuring large quantities of data, ways of thinking about users, and approaches for thinking about human behavior as it unfolds over time. Finally, it introduces the idea of Interaction Design as an integral facet of the business development process.

Key Features

*First book to provide a solid definition and framework for the booming field of interaction design, finally giving designers the justification needed to prove their essential role on every development team

*Provides designers with tools they need to operate effectively in the workplace without compromising their goals: making useable, useful, and desirable products

*Outlines process, theory, practice, and challenges of interaction design – intertwined with real world stories from a variety of perspectives

Readership

interaction designers, industrial designers, user experience practitioners, information architects, graphic designers, interface designers, user experience managers, design managers

Table of Contents


  • Introduction

    Section One / Understanding Interaction Design

    Chapter 1: Multiple Roots, and an Uncertain Future

    Chapter 2: Computing and Human Computer Interaction

    Interaction Design in an Engineering Centric World - A contributed essay

    Section Two / Connecting People, Emotions and Technology

    Chapter 3: A Process for Thinking About People

    Chapter 4: Managing Complexity

    Chapter 5: Shaping Aesthetics to Inform Experience

    Interaction Design as Business Lubricant - A contributed essay

    Section Three / The Rhetorical Nature of Interaction Design

    Chapter 6: Interaction Design and Communication

    On the Nature of Interaction as Language - A contributed essay

    Section Four / Challenges Facing Interaction Design in Industry

    Chapter 7: The Political Dynamics of Product Development

    Getting Design Done - A contributed essay

    In Summary






Product details

  • No. of pages: 168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2009
  • Published: September 22, 2009
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123786258

About the Author

Jon Kolko

Jon Kolko is the Executive Director of Design Strategy for Thinktiv and is responsible for designing and delivering emotionally resonating and relevant products, services, and systems. Jon is also the Founder and Director of the Austin Center for Design, an educational institution in Texas. He has worked extensively in the professional world of interaction design, solving the problems of Fortune 500 clients. His work has extended into the worlds of consumer electronics, mobile, web, supply chain management, demand planning, and customer-relationship management. He has worked with clients such as AT&T, HP, Nielsen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, IBM, Palm and other leaders of the Global 2000. The underlying theme of these problems and projects was the creation of Design with a focus on Design Synthesis and the creation of meaning.

Prior to working at Thinktiv, Kolko has held the positions of Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director at Frog. He was also a Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in shaping the Interaction and Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs. Kolko sits on the Board of Directors for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and is the Editor-in-Chief of Interactions Magazine, published by the ACM.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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