Jim Hoekema wrote:
> But if "Usability" is the word that gets us our jobs or gets our work > noticed, maybe we should promote the term "Usability Design" as distinct > from Usability Evaluation and Usability Testing. It's a buzzword, but it > conveys just as much about what we do as any other term -- maybe more, since
> it focus on the goal of the activity.
We've already got user-centered design to cover that one. ;-) So many terms.
To my ears, "user-centered design" describes the <process> rather than the
object of the design. There can be a user-centered design of something very
static -- this is essentially what happens in local government with public
hearings for, say, a zoning change, or an antenna tower, or creating a park,
etc. The process is very user-centered, but the result, once decided, is
(Admittedly, you can say the same thing about usability -- the usability
design that goes into a building, for example, remains pretty fixed once
By contrast, "interactive" media by definition feature behaviors offering
choices to users, accepting their inputs, and responding to those inputs. To
me, this is what brings all these other definitions under a single
umbrella - the domain of interactive media.