Lecture Notes

An Introduction to Interactive Design

  • As a designer, it is expected that you are able to design with some interactivity for your clients.
  • According to Bill Verplank, the three key questions for designing interaction are how do you; do, feel, and know.
  • There are many different kinds of disciplines involved in interaction design, and each one contributes different approaches.
  • It is important for designers to be aware of how users cognitively work in order to appropriately design screens for them.
  • Interaction design can be defined as;
    • “Designing interactive products to support people in their everyday and working lives” Sharp, Rogers, and Preece (2002)
    • “The design of spaces for human communication and interaction” Winograd (1997)
  • A few common interactions people have throughout the day include a phone, a book, a vending machine, a conversation, etc, and each have varying degrees of engagement and reactivity.
  • While interactive design is primarily focused around the human experience, information is necessary to understand the audience and to properly organise data.
  • There are five areas that contribute to interactive design products; interactivity, information architecture, time and motion, narrative, and interface.