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What is Interaction Design?


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


There are many articles discussing design principles on the web. Why not start by reading articles written by Don Norman. Visit his online publications at his website and take a look in particular at the papers on affordances and constraints:
Norman, D. A. (1999). Affordance,conventions, and design. Interactions 6, 3 (May. 1999), Pages 38 - 43 Copyright 1999, Donald A. Norman. All rights reserved.


Terry Winograd's article mentioned in chapter 1, gives an in-depth explanation of interaction design: "From Computing Machinery to Interaction Design"
Published online by permission from Peter Denning and Robert Metcalfe (eds.) Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing, Springer-Verlag, 1997, 149-162.

A thought-provoking essay on "What is interaction design?" written by Craig Marion (an information designer and architect), originally published in the May 1999 issue of News and Views, the publication of the Philadelphia Metro Chapter of the Society for Technical Communications. In it he discusses where the term interaction design came from and how it relates to HCI and information design. Written in an accessible form, with some nice illustrations.

The ACM's magazine Interactions (available online if you are a member of the digital library) is a wonderful up-to-date source of information. It includes articles on current research, columns, book previews and reflections. The SIGCHI bulletin (a supplement to interactions) has a column on 'Beyond the Desktop', which addresses the challenges of this new paradigm.