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Defining Interaction Design Sunday, May 28, 2006

Posted by VoeD in Articles, Design.

Another one quoted by Luke Wroblewski on the definition of Interaction Design:

The Interaction Design Association (IxDA) has a great definition:

  • Interaction design defines the structure and behaviors of interactive products and services, and user interactions with those products and services.
  • Good interaction design effectively communicates a system’s interactivity and functionality, defines behaviors that communicate a system’s responses to user interactions, reveals both simple and complex workflows, informs users about system state changes, and prevents user error.
  • Interaction design is grounded in an understanding of real users (goals, tasks, experiences, needs, and wants) and balances these needs with business goals and technological capabilities.

His article also has a nice quote from Robert Reimann on the "matching" of behaviors –machine to human -that must occur when designing superior interactions"



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