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Thoughts on Interaction Design 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0123786241
ISBN-10: 012378624X
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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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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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Overall I enjoyed this book. He makes a number of good points about design, and design's role in the world.

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.
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This book is full of valuable insights and arguments about design, interaction design and designers' roles, responsibilities, as well as the set of theoretical and methodological tools that are widely applied in the various fields involving design.

Jon Kolko is no unfamiliar name in the field. His expertise can be witnessed throughout the book.

In this thought-provoking book, he not only defines the "language" of the field, but also provide his arguments about design, that design is more than meets the eye, the depth of design is much much more profound than many would think.

A must read for anyone who has anything to do with design.
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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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"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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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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