- 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: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,207,318 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.
Top customer reviews
I assigned this book as an extra textbook in my human computer interaction class in spring 2013, and the students had mixed feelings about it. They were amused by the random images throughout, but it was not as easy of a read for them as I had hoped. I think this book is probably better suited to those who already have some idea about design, HCI, usability, etc. than it is to beginners with no real-world development experience.
The plus side is the students highly enjoyed debating about this book.
However... after that...
After that's it's pretty well all gold, but just a few scratches on the surface. The reflections and reviews provide some great "jewels of information" that you can carry with you and reflect on in your own experience. After working for what is approaching 7 years working for ISVs I can see my experiences in direct alignment with some things presented. I can also see some things that I am headed for. The stories provided in the "accumulated" areas are relevant, well chosen and entertaining.
This book really does focus well and provides a wonderful balance between the academic world, it's views, etc. and the business/real world's point of views in the same area.
So what are the "scratches" I spoke about? Well... while it has a decent flow, it doesn't follow its own advice. I'm sure that after reading a couple more related texts, I will forget which pieces of wisdom were reflected explicitly in this book. It has great information but does nothing to really encapsulate you.
I will be recommending this to a various set of people in the ISV world from CTO/CIO to Product Management and all the way down to the Architecture Engineers.
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.