ADMIN: RE: Searching for Boundaries (was Intelligence andAwareness)

22 Jun 2004 - 10:06pm
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Dave Malouf

OK, this discussion needs to either be pushed into the workgroup list (where
it belongs); and where I would love to glove it out, or it has to stop

Please do not respond to any messages in this or the related threads.

This definition (at least the short version towards the end) is the
definition that the workgroup came up with as a basis for this organization.
This took weeks of collaborative work. Any individual can create their own
definition, and anyone on the workgroup list can evaluate what is here and
further discuss it there, but on this list we have found that unsubscribe
rates increase while these discussions go in place. We are just over 100
people away from a 100 subscribers. Lets not loose any more. ;)

(The below definition will be available on our upcoming web site.)


What is Interaction Design?

Interaction design is the branch of design most concerned with the
relationship between people and machines. With a firm footing in the theory,
practice, and methodology of traditional design, interaction design seeks to
mediate the complex conversations now possible between individuals and the
modern-day tools of technology.

Following the fundamental tenants of user-centered design, the practice of
interaction design begins with an understanding of real-world users; their
experiences and their needs. From that position, interaction designers work
to invent and describe new products and services that carefully synthesize
human needs with stated business goals and technological capabilities.

Typically working alongside specialists in industrial design, graphic
design, information architecture, and user research, interaction designers
focus on the behaviors of products, systems, and services. In particular,
interaction designers seek to create usable and useful products.

As the capabilities and complexities of technology evolve and expand, the
tools, methods, and practitioners of interaction design will play an
increasingly critical role in ensuring that technology remains in the
service of human and their needs.

In short, Interaction Design is

* the structural & behavioral definition of products, services, and
systems for human interaction.

* the craft of designing the behavior of products, services, and systems
that meet specific human needs, business goals, and technological

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