Where Interaction Sits.

16 Feb 2005 - 6:48am
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CD Evans
2004

I'm just throwing this out there but my current experience with sapient
is leading me to think that the term 'Interaction Design /
Architecture' has a position in UE that is locatable and almost
inoffensive. I think it sits right in between 'Information
Architecture' and 'Interface Design', and doesn't actually replace the
second, and so I'm referring my work within this project entitled as
Interaction Architecture, on purpose, though with hesitation.

Please, if someone can come up with a word between Architecture and
Design, I would think Interaction Something-Or-Rather, i.e.
ThisList/IXD/ID, we would sit happily between the LIS and HCI
communities without ruffling any feathers.

Not to flag an unresolved outstanding issue again, but, perhaps we can
find a term here?

Thanks.. back to the entation.

CD Evans

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16 Feb 2005 - 9:44am
Elizabeth Bacon
2003

I strongly support Dave's response on this post. (I'm also thrilled to see
Dave begin to consider the idea that IA could be seen as a subunit of IxD,
which is my own personal feeling.)

Most Interaction Designers, in my experience, are responsible for
Information Architecture and Interface Design in the context of designing
solutions for digital products. Only the larger and/or more focused
organizations & consultancies tend to have the luxury to assign separate
individuals to each of those roles.

We HAVE to band together behind the professional appellation of Interaction
Design. If you are performing design work for digital products & services,
you are an IxD practitioner. We have to recognize that people working in
organizations that are used to having IAs and UI Designers pull together to
do IxD work are going to have to manage change within their organizations.
This doesn't mean it's not the right thing to do, for all of us to succeed
professionally as IxD practitioners in the long-term.

Cheers,
Liz

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Not sure what is wrong w/ Interaction Design.
We design the behaviors of systems as they interact with humans.

<snip>

And when you talk about IA as being something at the edge of your plane of
IA < > UI Design, I would tend to disagree on your plane.

UI Design is the overlap of IxD and Visual Design
IA is the overlap of IxD and Library Science

SO I think of IxD not as a go between, but rather a lynch pin requirement
for the others.

Now of course the first thing we might argue about is "what is IA?" ... I'll
leave that for the SIGIA-L and AIfIA lists to do since no one really wants
to deal with that little problem. I know that companies born from the
dot-com era like Sapient usually use the IA = UX model of defining IA which
works fine for them as most of what they do is build web sites, that are
content consumption or information management systems.

I have also been thinking of a different relationship lately between IA and
IxD where IA is actually a subunit of IxD in that IA are the specific
qualities of making information/content ready for consumption which in
essense is a type of interaction/behavior. Just a theory I've been
exploring. What is the point of metadata, facets, and taxonomies? To make
something findable (later). Finding is a behavior/interaction with the
system.

But I digress.

I say, Interaction Design is the term to stick with. It is gaining ground
here in the US slowly. People inside the UX community are starting to
understand what I mean. I.e. I went to an IDSA (industrial Design society of
america) meeting recently and talked about IxD and UX and they got it, liked
it and were excited about working with us in the future to the point of
inviting us straight out to talk about IxD at their next conference.

-- dave

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Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 4:49 AM
To: David Heller
Cc: 'IxD Discussion'
Subject: [ID Discuss] Where Interaction Sits.

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I'm just throwing this out there but my current experience with sapient
is leading me to think that the term 'Interaction Design /
Architecture' has a position in UE that is locatable and almost
inoffensive. I think it sits right in between 'Information
Architecture' and 'Interface Design', and doesn't actually replace the
second, and so I'm referring my work within this project entitled as
Interaction Architecture, on purpose, though with hesitation.

Please, if someone can come up with a word between Architecture and
Design, I would think Interaction Something-Or-Rather, i.e.
ThisList/IXD/ID, we would sit happily between the LIS and HCI
communities without ruffling any feathers.

Not to flag an unresolved outstanding issue again, but, perhaps we can
find a term here?

Thanks.. back to the entation.

CD Evans

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