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Thoughts on Interaction Design Paperback – October 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0123786241 ISBN-10: 012378624X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 012378624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123786241
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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People are clamoring for more copies of Thoughts on Interaction Design. It is one of two key books on interaction design practice that are of relevance to students and practicing interaction designers alike." Jodi Forlizzi, Associate Professor of HCII and Design, Carnegie Mellon University

"This book occupies alone a special place on the designer's bookshelf; it is truly a unique and lusciously written book that also benefits from being well-designed in its own right." -- Will Evans, Principal, Experience Design, Twin Technologies

"The major strength of the book is its success in rendering theoretical content in an accessible way. The book delivers a healthy measure of critical thinking about the field of Interaction Design in a readable, conversational style." -- Bill Lucas, MAYA Design

"Thoughts on Interaction Design became an instant classic. The 1,000 original bound copies of the book are treasured possessions of everyone lucky enough to have been able to purchase one." -- Steve Baty, editor for Johnny Holland magazine, a contributor to UX Matters

"This book has an eloquent and clear way of communicating the context for interaction design both in theory and in application, outlining its relative place in business, academia, and in practice. - Liz Danzico, Chair of the MFA in Interaction Design program at the School of Visual Arts "MK author Jon Kolko talks with Jeff Parks of Radio Johnny about his recently re-released book Thoughts on Interaction Design!"  http://johnnyholland.org/2010/02/01/radio-johnny-jon-kolkos-thoughts-on-interaction-design/.

From the Back Cover

Interaction Designers-whether practicing as Usability Engineers, Visual Interface Designers, or Information Architects-attempt to understand and shape human behavior in order to design products that are at once usable, useful, and desirable. Although the value of design is now recognized as essential to product development, the field is often misunderstood by managers and other team members, who don't understand a designer's role in a team. This can cause inefficient and ineffective products.

Thoughts on Interaction Design gives individuals engaged in this profession the dialogue to justify their work to other stakeholders. It provides a framework upon which to build intellectual discourse, and it substantiates the rigorous and unique nature of interaction design work. Ultimately, the text exists to provide a definition that encompasses the intellectual facets of the field, the conceptual underpinnings of interaction design as a legitimate human-centered field, and the particular methods used by practitioners in their day to day experiences.


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His expertise can be witnessed throughout the book.
Noah Fang
This sorely needed book does a brilliant job of defining, clarifying and exploring the role of the interaction designer in industry today.
Carla Diana
Great job Jon, I look forward to what you do with the next project ;).
A. Kim

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Chapman E. Ambrose on August 5, 2007
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As an interaction designer trying to find my place in the world, I typically am the sole designer on a team or the single designer in an organization. I enjoy evangelizing the power of design, however, feeling like you have to constantly explain and justify your existence can become tiresome.

Whenever I forget that other designers exist or feel like the ugly duckling among swans, I pick up this book and am reenergized knowing other people like me are out there. I'm a part of a larger community of passionate people who care about this stuff.

Jon's book is good at making me feel normal again and giving me the language to explain this fire I have to make the world better and help people in need.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Q. G. H. Berk on April 27, 2008
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For someone writing about usability the style of writing is all but that. Sometimes I think he writes this complicated so that other people might think how many difficult words he knows. If you compare his writing style and design (really small font and green on white) to Steve Krug's "don't make me think" you wonder why Mr. Kolko chose tho do it this way. Shouldn't books be usable too?
Beyond chapter 3 however it starts to get really interesting. And the writing gets more understandable.

Good book, but the design and style of writing really makes you plough through it more often than not.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Kim on May 15, 2007
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I think this book does a beautiful job of explaining the intricacies and broad ideas of the field of Interaction Design (which is ironically appropriate for the subject matter). It often seems that the current identity of Interaction Design has gained ambiguity, however the representation given in these essays is a very up to date and accurate description.

I feel this book would be greatly appreciated by anyone who is interested in or is currently involved with Interaction Design or Industrial Design. A definite must read for any students involved with these fields (as I am one myself).

The collaboration of writing from other designers provides a great perspective on the current industry. Honest and straight-forward, this puts a refreshing emphasis on the humanistic values of design. Great job Jon, I look forward to what you do with the next project ;).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter J. Warren on June 14, 2007
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"Thoughts on Interaction Design" is much more than a book that explains what interaction design is; it documents a new way of thinking about the role of Design in modern society. In this book you will find an exploration of why the designer's role has become increasingly hazy and why the process of design is such a powerful tool for shaping behavior.
This is an indispensable tool for any designer that has a need to justify and articulate their true potential to employers and clients. It addresses the big-picture behind interaction design and helps to establish a greater understanding regarding the potential of interaction designers to shape the future.
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I've noticed this book on the used marketplace at outrageous starting prices. What these sellers don't want you to know is that the author switched publishers, and the book is currently being published by MK as Thoughts on Interaction Design. Note, the newer edition has a higher page count, even though it's still labeled as a 1st edition...
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carla Diana on April 20, 2007
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This sorely needed book does a brilliant job of defining, clarifying and exploring the role of the interaction designer in industry today. Those involved in contemporary design practice keep seeing the term "interaction" bandied about in a cavalier way, yet there is little collective knowledge out there to help define what it really means.

As a professional in the field of interaction design myself, I can personally attest to the difficulties that arise when this important role gets misunderstood, confounded with other disciplines, or, in the most painful instances, defined solely by the tools used to manifest the work. "Thoughts on Interaction Design" serves not only to champion interaction design as a discipline, but also helps to bring a unified vision, language and sense of purpose to those who are actively involved in it.

Beautifully designed, cleverly written, and logically organized, this book can serve as an important reference in ongoing efforts to reinforce a culture within the field of interaction design, while also providing a deeper understanding of it across all design disciplines.
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To be honest, the first few chapters of the book were tricky for me. I felt like I was often slogging through a rhetoric book, Kolko defining and clarifying and qualifying his way through the first few chapters. I had to look up a number of the things he wrote about in outside sources.
But the book is a second edition, an expansion of the first, which I haven’t read (It came recommended to me). While I had hoped that the book would be an appropriate introduction to get myself into interaction design, it seemed to be more for experienced interaction designers. Perhaps, if I read the first, this book will become clear.
That being said, not everything Kolko said was lost on me. He’s clearly an expert with a lot to say about teaching businesses about changing their interactive experience and how to explain that as a designer. He argues for design’s role in the world, as a deep, much-considered structure, not just a surface-level structure.
And while the rhetoric can be daunting, Kolko defines the language of the interaction design field. This book was a valuable read for somebody like me who is looking to learn more about UI/UX and technology design. I just might have to go back to it after I lay down some more ground work.
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