I am a graphic designer who wants to dive into interaction design. Are
there any resources that help build a solid foundation in the
understanding of IxD?
I would start with "The Human Interface" (Jef Raskin), "About Face 3.0" (Alan Cooper) and "The Essential Guide to User Interface Design" (Galitz).
All the best,
Alan Cooper's, "The Inmates are Running the Asylum," is also a good text.
I agree with the above references. Some good contextual background
reading for graphic designers from visual communication perspective
can be found in the writings of Rick Poynor, Nico MacDonald, Simon
Heller, Bruinsma to name a few. No harm in reading about what graphic
designers shouldn't do. My background is illustration/graphics and I
am now researching a PhD in Interaction Design from a Visual
Communication perspective. I would also recommend reading writings by
Donald Norman, especially 'The Design of Everyday Things' (1998
edition) and Bill Moggridge's 'Designing Interactions'. On that
note too the section on John Maeda may inspire you to read 'Maeda on
Media'. He is a graphic designer and computer scientist. Finally
Gillian Campton-Smith is also influential. Once a graphic designer
herself she has a recommended reading list from her days at Ivrea. I
have archived this list on my research blog. You can visit it at
My blog may also suggest other resources too. Good luck, and remember
its all about the user and behaviour. :-)
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I'm a graphic designer and I found Cooper's "Inmates" book
tremendously helpful. It's also a good read. About Face is extremely
comprehensive but a little overwhelming if you're just getting
started. Bill Buxton's book is a lot of fun for graphic designers
because he takes a "Big D" approach to design which I found very
liberating and inspirational.
As with most things, the best way to learn is by doing. If you
aren't able to get any paying IxD work yet, a good way to get your
hands dirty is to start redesigning the interfaces around you: your
microwave, your TV remote, your favorite web site, the checkout kiosk
at the supermarket. Combine this with reading and you'll start to get
a feel for the issues very quickly.
Observing the User Experience and Designing for the Digital Age are 2
comprehensive and pragmatic books (more how to than conceptual). I
don't actually think they overlap that much.
My advice - don't be intimidated by IxD'ers who want to put you in a
"visual design" box. Graphic design is a great bg for IxD.
On May 29, 2009, at 9:36 AM, Brock G McClung wrote:
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