Discussing "Designing for Interaction" by Saffer

Selected by popular vote, our February book is Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices by Dan Saffer. Thanks to Bojan and Tanner for hosting us at Morningstar!

"Interaction design is all around us. If you’ve ever wondered why your mobile phone looks pretty but doesn’t work well, you’ve confronted bad interaction design. But if you’ve ever marveled at the joy of using an iPhone, shared your photos on Flickr, used an ATM machine, recorded a television show on TiVo, or ordered a movie off Netflix, you’ve encountered good interaction design: products that work as well as they look.

Interaction design is the new field that defines how our interactive products behave. Between the technology that powers our devices and the visual and industrial design that creates the products’ aesthetics lies the practice that figures out how to make our products useful, usable, and desirable.

This thought-provoking new edition of Designing for Interaction offers the perspective of one of the most respected experts in the field, Dan Saffer. This book will help you learn to create a design strategy that differentiates your product from the competition use design research to uncover people’s behaviors, motivations, and goals in order to design for them employ brainstorming best practices to create innovative new products and solutions understand the process and methods used to define product behavior. It also offers interviews and case studies from industry leaders on prototyping, designing in an Agile environment, service design, ubicomp, robots, and more."

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  • Bojan R.

    I wanted to bring up this essay when we talked about automation: http://www.elasticspace.com/2013/03/no-to-no-ui

    It was written by Timo Arnall, a principal at BERG in London, and a fascinating read. He argues that “intentionally hiding the...materiality of interfaces, ...entails a loss of understanding and agency for both designers and users.”

    Also, talking about curbing one’s biases and prejudices reminded me of this beautiful quote from Supreme Court Justice Breyer, as given to Charlie Rose. “We only have one life, and we only really know our own. But by reading novels, and by reading what other people have written about life and about different ways of living, you can lead more lives then your own, and you can understand how people could have lived quite a different life from your own. And that’s a wonderful privilege, to be able to do that, as well as a necessity for someone who is going to affect the lives of other people.”

    1 · February 27, 2014

    • Janie C.

      Thanks for sharing that quote! Very profound.

      February 28, 2014

  • Gemma P.

    Thanks to Tanner & Bojan for hosting us at Morningstar tonight! What a beautiful space!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Discussing a good book over a glass of wine - in an inspiring setting with an great bunch of people who are happy to share their insights. Thank you!

    3 · February 26, 2014

  • Justin J.

    Scheduling conflict. Sorry for the last minute drop.

    February 25, 2014

  • Zeke F.

    Last minute trip to NYC, sorry to cancel.

    February 22, 2014

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