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Thoughts on Interaction Designby Jon Kolko
Synopses & Reviews
Some books about design focus on web sites or specific products. Others explore the aesthetic and emotional value provided by various elements of design. Few explore the semantic connections that live between technology, and form and people-or "interactions."
Thoughts on Interaction Design offers new insights into Interaction Design and the connections between people and technology. Now in its second edition, Jon Kolko’s best-selling title builds upon its engaging material aimed to educate Designers, help Designers educate business owners, and legitimize Interaction Design for businesses. This edition explores how changes in the economic climate, increased connectivity, and international adoption of technology, affect designing for behavior and the nature of design itself. Ultimately, this book 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.
*Provides new and fresh insights on designing for behavior in a world of increased connectivity and mobility and how design education has evolved over the decades
*Maintains the informal-yet-informative voice that made the first edition so popular
Book News Annotation:
Kolko, Executive Director of Design Strategy for Thinktiv, presents this text which covers interaction design from an academic approach. Intended as an educational tool for designers, this text focuses primarily on defining interaction design, developing ways to intellectualize and communicate design concepts, and exploring artistic and cultural relevance of interaction design. This edition also includes up-to-date information on technological, cultural, and market shifts which always influence the manner in which humans interact with technology and ultimately influence the approaches that are viable for designers. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A collection of reflections written and compiled by Jon Kolko
The classic content of Thoughts on Interaction Design will still be highly relevant in 2011, but the context will have changed substantially. The new edition will introduce new themes and elements, making it an essential update to readers of this first text and compelling to new readers as well.
This 2nd edition will provide readers with exciting new insights, including:
How increased connectivity & mobility affects the design for behavior
How international adoption of technology - in both developed and developing cultures - changes the nature of design
How changes to the economic climate of design has shaped design in policy, society, and culture
How design education has evolved, and must continue to evolve, in order to introduce interaction design to young professionals beginning their careers
The author will also replace the existing case studies with new ones.
Contains new and updated case studies
Provides new and fresh insights on designing for behavior in a world of increased connectivity and mobility and how design education has evolved over the decades
Maintains the informal-yet-informative voice that made the first edition so popular
About the Author
Jon Kolko is the Executive Director of Design Strategy for Thinktiv and is responsible for designing and delivering emotionally resonating and relevant products, services, and systems. Jon is also the Founder and Director of the Austin Center for Design, an educational institution in Texas. He has worked extensively in the professional world of interaction design, solving the problems of Fortune 500 clients. His work has extended into the worlds of consumer electronics, mobile, web, supply chain management, demand planning, and customer-relationship management. He has worked with clients such as AT&T, HP, Nielsen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, IBM, Palm and other leaders of the Global 2000. The underlying theme of these problems and projects was the creation of Design with a focus on Design Synthesis and the creation of meaning. Prior to working at Thinktiv, Kolko has held the positions of Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director at Frog. He was also a Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in shaping the Interaction and Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs. Kolko sits on the Board of Directors for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and is the Editor-in-Chief of Interactions Magazine, published by the ACM.
Jon Kolko, Editor-in-Chief, ACM Interactions Magazine; Executive Director of Design Strategy for Thinktiv; Board of Directors, Interaction Design Association (IxDA); former Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design, Savannah College of Art and Design
Table of Contents
Part One: Process & Method Chapter One: Thinking about People Chapter Two: Managing Complexity Chapter Three: Persuasion and Communication
Part Two: Culture and Responsibility Chapter Four: Experience and Authenticity Chapter Five: Poetry, Spirit, and Soul Chapter Six: Judgment and Shifting Negative Behavior Chapter Seven: Wicked Problems
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