Monday, May 08, 2006

The Elements of Interaction Design

Considerations for interaction design...

"Other design disciplines use raw materials. Communication designers use basic visual elements such as the line. Industrial designers work with simple 3D shapes such as the cube, the sphere, and the cylinder. For interaction designers, who create products and services that can be digital (software) or analog (a karaoke machine) or both (a mobile phone), the design elements are more conceptual. And yet they offer a powerful set of components for interaction designers to bring to bear on their projects.
Motion

In much the same way that inert gases don’t mingle with other gases, objects that don’t move don’t interact. An interaction is some sort of communication, and communication is about movement: our vocal cords vibrating as we speak, our hands and arms writing or typing as we send email or instant messages, sound and data moving between two entities.
“Interaction designers are very concerned with behavior: the way that products behave in response to the way that people behave.”

We communicate in many ways and through many different products, from mobile phones to email. Those products and the people who use them generate behavior, and interaction designers are very concerned with behavior: the way that products behave in response to the way that people behave. And all behavior is, in fact, motion: motion colored by attitude, culture, personality, and context. There’s wide variation even in such universal and seemingly simple behaviors such as walking (that’s why, for instance, there’s a need for both high-impact walking shoes and walkers for the elderly), and the designs we create have to understand and account for those variations in motion. Even a simple motion like pressing a key on a keyboard can be difficult if you are elderly or infirm."   continued ...   (Via UXMatters)

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