Not sure what is wrong w/ Interaction Design.
We design the behaviors of systems as they interact with humans.
In the UCD world (those disciplines created around UCD, not ones that impact
it like Visual Design who's origins go to unrelated areas). Yes,
HCI/Usability is related to Human Factors/Ergonomics which to me is a UCD
world thing ...
My point is that in this world it is important to understand that the
discipline of IxD is the only design based discipline:
You have research which is not design
You have usability/validation/evaluation which is not design
IxD is that craft.
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
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.
> -----Original Message----- > From: CD Evans [mailto:cd at infostyling.com] > Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 7:49 AM > To: David Heller > Cc: 'IxD Discussion' > Subject: Where Interaction Sits. > > > 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 > > >