Interface device design and computer science theory often seem worlds apart, where each challenges the constraints and demands of the other. This unique book is a counterpoint. Thimbleby clearly shows how hard-core computer science concepts contribute to the clarity and precision of device design, leading in turn to better design critique and redesign.
(Saul Greenberg, Professor and iCORE/SMART Industrial Research Chair, University of Calgary)
Interaction designers often espouse general principles for creating more usable and satisfying systems. This book shows that to make those principles work the designer needs to conduct rigorous analysis of the details of interaction within a coherent formal framework. Through a wide-ranging collection of interaction examples and clear expositions of the relevant mathematics Thimbeleby demonstrates that careful analysis can improve our interactions with digital devices of all kinds. The book will be of value to anyone who creates interfaces to computers and electronic devices from the smallest to the most complex.
(Terry Winograd, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University)
I strongly recommend this book to a wide audience: students, instructors, and especially project managers and designers who are not thoroughly familiar with the foundations of computer science or HCI.
(Edgar R. Chavez Computing Reviews
About the Author
Harold Thimbleby is Professor of Computer Science at Swansea University, Wales. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including User Interface Design, and nearly 400 other publications.