Chapter 1: What is Interaction Design?

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Below is additional material associated with the topics covered in chapter 1.

Interaction Design

An article called the “Complete Beginner’s Guide to Interaction Design” by Andrew Maier (2018) can be found at:
It presents an overview of all aspects of interaction design including the history, guiding principles, noted designers, and their methods.

There are many blogs on interaction design. We have selected some of our favorites that appear on our starters page. O’Danny Boy ( also has a summary of his favorite articles on design on his website (see

Good and bad designs

Don Norman has written a number of essays and books on this topic. For a number of thought provoking examples see:

Bad designs is an online scrapbook of illustrated examples of things that are hard to use because they do not follow user-centered design principles, compiled by Michael J. Darnell. Although not updated since 2010 there are some classics on the website. See:

Design principles

There are a number of articles discussing design principles on the web. For example, Springboard Blog has a set of 16 important ones for newcomers. See:

Ask Tog has a large collection of usability principles that are clearly explained and which are also in Dutch, German and Spanish. See:


Web accessibility initiative (WAI) develops guidelines that are the international standard for web design:

See also:

Links provided in the book: