I've invested much of my career defining information architecture as distinct from interaction design. So, it was funny this summer to find myself working on a couple of Web 2.0 projects that pulled me way into the left of Jesse's diagram.
At a certain point -- I think it was the drag-and-drop interface that pushed me over the edge -- I realized it was time to go back to school (not literally).
So, I've been reading up on the topic:
- Designing for Interaction by Dan Saffer
- Designing Interfaces by Jenifer Tidwell
- About Face 2.0 by Alan Cooper and Rob Reimann
- Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge
Dan's book provides an excellent overview of the history and concepts surrounding interaction design. Jenifer's book digs deep into the patterns of effective and successful interaction design. It's a good read and a great reference. I haven't read the other two yet, but they're on my list.
Ironically, I was a technical reviewer for Designing Interfaces. When I read the manuscript, a long while back, my head was so deep into information architecture and findability, I didn't really engage. I wasn't ready for the interaction. It took a bit of pain to make the content relevant.
Also ironic, just when I'm ready to join IxDA, I'm starting a very large (and exciting) traditional IA engagement. But that doesn't dull my interest. Even on content-centric projects, I think there are intriguing opportunities to design for information interaction at the crossroads of these sister discplines.
So, now that I'm ready to learn, what else should I read?