Saturday, April 14, 2007

Review: Designing Interactions

Okay disregard the fact that a book purportedly about interactions has such a lame text book layout. And not in the sophomorically cool way John Stewart's America book is. Oh and it's 766 pages long. After you suck up those two facts you are left with Bill Moggridge's really rich, scholarly study of how interaction designers seek to reduce the distance between what a piece of technology is doing and the feedback provided to the user. Most of the projects are from Moggridge's own IDEO, but considering their clients list that ain't a bad thing. With case studies on the first mouse, which was made of wood (not joking), to the first laptop - which if you could carry you'd be as strong as Aleksey Vayner, to our beloved iPods. It's a smart read and the inclusion of John Maeda's Laws of Simplicity at the end is an inspired selection.

Really - the mouse was made out of wood.


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