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Thoughtful Interaction Design

A Design Perspective on Information Technology

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Thoughtful Interaction Design by Jonas Lowgren
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The authors of Thoughtful Interaction Design go beyond the usual technical concerns of usability and usefulness to consider interaction design from a design perspective. The shaping of digital artifacts is a design process that influences the form and functions of workplaces, schools, communication, and culture; the successful interaction designer must use both ethical and aesthetic judgment to create designs that are appropriate to a given environment. This book is not a how-to manual, but a collection of tools for thought about interaction design. Working with information technology-called by the authors "the material without qualities"-interaction designers create not a static object but a dynamic pattern of interactivity. The design vision is closely linked to context and not simply focused on the technology. The authors' action-oriented and context-dependent design theory, drawing on design theorist Donald Schoen's concept of the reflective practitioner, helps designers deal with complex design challenges created by new technology and new knowledge. Their approach, based on a foundation of thoughtfulness that acknowledges the designer's responsibility not only for the functional qualities of the design product but for the ethical and aesthetic qualities as well, fills the need for a theory of interaction design that can increase and nurture design knowledge. From this perspective they address the fundamental question of what kind of knowledge an aspiring designer needs, discussing the process of design, the designer, design methods and techniques, the design product and its qualities, and conditions for interaction design.

Author Biography

Erik Stolterman is Professor and Director of the HCID Program at the School of Informatics, Indiana University.
Release date NZ
January 26th, 2007
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
17 illus.
Imprint
MIT Press
Pages
216
Dimensions
178x229x13
ISBN-13
9780262622097
Product ID
2066499

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