10 Apr 2009 - 2:34am
7 years ago
12 replies

Content of Cooper vs Beck

Hi all,

While looking interaction design in an agile context, I'm constantly
coming across a certain very landmark public discussion from 2004
between Alan Cooper and Kent Beck (of Extreme Programming) mentioned
across the web. It seems this was a very insightful discussion and I
am very curious to read it.

The original link to the content however is dead -

Would anybody have a copy of it stored with them and be able to share
it with me?

Dave Wood

Represented (designer\'s) Model


I am currently engaged in doctorate research enquiring deeper into
what Alan Cooper et al describe as 'represented models', and what
Don Norman describes as a 'designer's model' for a PhD practical

Could the community suggest some seminal books, journal articles and
papers I should read? I have read 'About Face 3' and 'Design of
Everyday Things'.

Keywords I suggest would be: represented models, designer's models,
design models, conceptual models, user's mental models, user's
models, system images.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

10 Feb 2008 - 1:08am
8 years ago
65 replies
Charlie Kreitzberg

Thoughts on Alan Cooper's Keynote

When Alan Cooper delivered the opening keynote at Interactions08 this
morning, I was once again struck by how sensible his view is. As I
understood his core argument, it was:

1. We know that the best interactive products are not the first to
market but the ones that have the best quality design.

2. Business managers often fail to understand this because they do not
know how to manage "creatives" among whom he numbers both interaction
designers and programmers.

3. The typical business approach is to develop requirements and then
build the product.

29 Oct 2007 - 4:32pm
8 years ago
29 replies
Christopher Fahey

Alan Cooper on Software Design: Code=Design?

Alan Cooper has an interesting new article up (part 1 of what will be
2 parts) about how *design*, both the software and interaction
varieties, is currently (mal)practiced by engineers.

Link :

In the article, he says the following:

-------- excerpt --------
Software is the only medium where the construction materials are
entirely the same as the desig

24 Mar 2004 - 4:30am
12 years ago
4 replies
Sarah Brodwall

Cooper Vs. Beck

I'm not sure if this article has been discussed here before, but I would
very much like to hear your opinions on (see also

I'm studying interaction design with a focus on IA, while my husband is an
outspoken proponent of agile software development methods.

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