Book: Thoughts on Interaction Design

3 Oct 2009 - 7:33pm
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jkolko
2010

Hi,

Just wanted to let ya'all know that my book, Thoughts on Interaction
Design, has been re-released through Morgan Kaufmann and is available
on Amazon.com at
http://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Interaction-Design-Jon-Kolko/dp/012378624X/ref=ed_oe_p
- I hope you find it useful and relevant!

The table of contents includes:

==

In Chapter One (Multiple Roots, and an Uncertain Future), the
historic roots of this field are described, and the relationship
between engineering and business is explored. Additionally, the
future is painted as an unknown field of potential for this field, as
the study of human behavior has become of a primary interest to the
worlds of business and marketing in recent years.

Chapter Two (Computing and Human Computer Interaction) describes how
Human Computer Interaction arose as a field advocating for usability
and efficiency. This is paralleled by a similar growth in the field
of Industrial Design, with emphasis placed on human factors and
anthropometrics. Both fields have evolved as user-centered
professions, laying the groundwork for the field of Interaction
Design (which, as practiced presently, seems to combine both physical
and digital design into artifacts, services or systems).

Section One is concluded with a contributed article by Chris Connors,
entitled Interaction Design in an Engineering Centric World.

Chapter Three (A Process for Thinking About People) discusses the
procedural focus of Interaction Design as it pertains to designing
what people want and need. The role of intuition is examined as
compared to the necessity for ethnographic user research.

Chapter Four (Managing Complexity) examines the role technology plays
in the development of Interaction Design solutions, with attention
placed on the relatively new subfield of Information Architecture as
applied to the design of technology-driven products.

Chapter Five (Shaping Aesthetics to Inform Experience) investigates
the role aesthetics play in the development of Interaction Design
solutions, specifically with regard to brand and identity.

Section Two is concluded with a contributed article by Justin Petro,
entitled Interaction Design as Business Lubricant.

In Chapter Six (Language and Interaction), the role of language is
examined as it relates to the design of objects, services and
systems. Traditional views of design as dialogue are extended to
investigate the role of a poetic interaction - and how designers can
begin to view their creations in terms of dialogue, words and
argument.

Section Three ends with a contributed article by Uday Gajendar,
entitled On the Nature of Interaction as Language.

In Chapter Seven (The Political Dynamics of Product Development),
discusses the nature of working in integrated and interdisciplinary
product teams, especially given the ambiguous nature of the word
Design.

Section Four ends with a contributed article by Ellen Beldner,
entitled Getting Design Done.

==

Jon Kolko

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3 Oct 2009 - 7:58pm
jodah
2009

Cant wait to see Chapter 7!

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4 Oct 2009 - 1:09pm
Charlie Kreitzberg
2008

Hi:

I picked up a copy of this book at the first IxDA conference bookstore and
found it a really useful introduction to the field. If you are looking for a
comprehensive introduction or a way to explain IxD to someone outside the
field, I would recommend Jon's book. It's short, focused and thoughtful.

Best,

Charlie

============================
Charles B. Kreitzberg, Ph.D.
CEO, Cognetics Corporation
============================

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Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2009 5:33 PM
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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Book: Thoughts on Interaction Design

Hi,

Just wanted to let ya'all know that my book, Thoughts on Interaction
Design, has been re-released through Morgan Kaufmann and is available
on Amazon.com at
http://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Interaction-Design-Jon-Kolko/dp/012378624X/re
f=ed_oe_p
- I hope you find it useful and relevant!

The table of contents includes:

==

In Chapter One (Multiple Roots, and an Uncertain Future), the
historic roots of this field are described, and the relationship
between engineering and business is explored. Additionally, the
future is painted as an unknown field of potential for this field, as
the study of human behavior has become of a primary interest to the
worlds of business and marketing in recent years.

Chapter Two (Computing and Human Computer Interaction) describes how
Human Computer Interaction arose as a field advocating for usability
and efficiency. This is paralleled by a similar growth in the field
of Industrial Design, with emphasis placed on human factors and
anthropometrics. Both fields have evolved as user-centered
professions, laying the groundwork for the field of Interaction
Design (which, as practiced presently, seems to combine both physical
and digital design into artifacts, services or systems).

Section One is concluded with a contributed article by Chris Connors,
entitled Interaction Design in an Engineering Centric World.

Chapter Three (A Process for Thinking About People) discusses the
procedural focus of Interaction Design as it pertains to designing
what people want and need. The role of intuition is examined as
compared to the necessity for ethnographic user research.

Chapter Four (Managing Complexity) examines the role technology plays
in the development of Interaction Design solutions, with attention
placed on the relatively new subfield of Information Architecture as
applied to the design of technology-driven products.

Chapter Five (Shaping Aesthetics to Inform Experience) investigates
the role aesthetics play in the development of Interaction Design
solutions, specifically with regard to brand and identity.

Section Two is concluded with a contributed article by Justin Petro,
entitled Interaction Design as Business Lubricant.

In Chapter Six (Language and Interaction), the role of language is
examined as it relates to the design of objects, services and
systems. Traditional views of design as dialogue are extended to
investigate the role of a poetic interaction - and how designers can
begin to view their creations in terms of dialogue, words and
argument.

Section Three ends with a contributed article by Uday Gajendar,
entitled On the Nature of Interaction as Language.

In Chapter Seven (The Political Dynamics of Product Development),
discusses the nature of working in integrated and interdisciplinary
product teams, especially given the ambiguous nature of the word
Design.

Section Four ends with a contributed article by Ellen Beldner,
entitled Getting Design Done.

==

Jon Kolko
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4 Oct 2009 - 1:29pm
Mark Schraad
2006

I totally agree. Jon routinely takes on difficult and thoughtful
topics that most all other design authors sidestep or avoid. Very
good stuff and worth the time to read it.

Mark

On Oct 4, 2009, at 1:09 PM, Charles B. Kreitzberg wrote:

> Hi:
>
> I picked up a copy of this book at the first IxDA conference
> bookstore and
> found it a really useful introduction to the field. If you are
> looking for a
> comprehensive introduction or a way to explain IxD to someone
> outside the
> field, I would recommend Jon's book. It's short, focused and
> thoughtful.
>
> Best,
>
> Charlie
>
> ============================
> Charles B. Kreitzberg, Ph.D.
> CEO, Cognetics Corporation
> ============================
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf
> Of Jon
> Kolko
> Sent: Saturday, October 03, 2009 5:33 PM
> To: discuss at ixda.org
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Book: Thoughts on Interaction Design
>
> Hi,
>
> Just wanted to let ya'all know that my book, Thoughts on Interaction
> Design, has been re-released through Morgan Kaufmann and is available
> on Amazon.com at
> http://www.amazon.com/Thoughts-Interaction-Design-Jon-Kolko/dp/
> 012378624X/re
> f=ed_oe_p
> - I hope you find it useful and relevant!
>
> The table of contents includes:
>
> ==
>
> In Chapter One (Multiple Roots, and an Uncertain Future), the
> historic roots of this field are described, and the relationship
> between engineering and business is explored. Additionally, the
> future is painted as an unknown field of potential for this field, as
> the study of human behavior has become of a primary interest to the
> worlds of business and marketing in recent years.
>
> Chapter Two (Computing and Human Computer Interaction) describes how
> Human Computer Interaction arose as a field advocating for usability
> and efficiency. This is paralleled by a similar growth in the field
> of Industrial Design, with emphasis placed on human factors and
> anthropometrics. Both fields have evolved as user-centered
> professions, laying the groundwork for the field of Interaction
> Design (which, as practiced presently, seems to combine both physical
> and digital design into artifacts, services or systems).
>
> Section One is concluded with a contributed article by Chris Connors,
> entitled Interaction Design in an Engineering Centric World.
>
> Chapter Three (A Process for Thinking About People) discusses the
> procedural focus of Interaction Design as it pertains to designing
> what people want and need. The role of intuition is examined as
> compared to the necessity for ethnographic user research.
>
> Chapter Four (Managing Complexity) examines the role technology plays
> in the development of Interaction Design solutions, with attention
> placed on the relatively new subfield of Information Architecture as
> applied to the design of technology-driven products.
>
> Chapter Five (Shaping Aesthetics to Inform Experience) investigates
> the role aesthetics play in the development of Interaction Design
> solutions, specifically with regard to brand and identity.
>
> Section Two is concluded with a contributed article by Justin Petro,
> entitled Interaction Design as Business Lubricant.
>
> In Chapter Six (Language and Interaction), the role of language is
> examined as it relates to the design of objects, services and
> systems. Traditional views of design as dialogue are extended to
> investigate the role of a poetic interaction - and how designers can
> begin to view their creations in terms of dialogue, words and
> argument.
>
> Section Three ends with a contributed article by Uday Gajendar,
> entitled On the Nature of Interaction as Language.
>
> In Chapter Seven (The Political Dynamics of Product Development),
> discusses the nature of working in integrated and interdisciplinary
> product teams, especially given the ambiguous nature of the word
> Design.
>
> Section Four ends with a contributed article by Ellen Beldner,
> entitled Getting Design Done.
>
> ==
>
> Jon Kolko
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>
>
>
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
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4 Oct 2009 - 3:35pm
Lynn Marentette
2007

Jon,

I look forward to reading your book!

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5 Oct 2009 - 3:26am
Laura Lejano
2009

I've ordered one for over across the pond to London. I'm looking
forward to a good "tube read" for the rainy winter!

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5 Oct 2009 - 9:44am
Jef Lippiatt
2008

I have a night post-it note and highlight copy that I've read and
re-read several times. As mentioned by others it is a great resource
for handing to higher ups looking for more information or awareness
as well as a great tool to promote interaction design within a
company.

Its been a few years, but having Jon as a professor in school, the
book aligns with topics of discussion that we covered in more depth
and insight. In fact reading when using the book as reference, I
often wish I was still around him to continue having such
conversations in person.

Great work for sure Jon.

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