Interaction Design

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:

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?

I would say that 'Universal Priniciples of Design' is a must have on the bookshelf. 'Watches Tell More than Time' by Del Coates is another.

I'm sure you've read them, but just in case, 'Design of Everyday Things' and 'Emotional Design' by Don Norman are two of the best books out there.

Some others that you might enjoy are: 'Shaping Things' by Bruce Sterling, it's a short and entertaining look at the potential future of products. The 'Evolution of Useful Things' by Petroski is also really good.

It's funny, I just compiled a similar list on my blog after reading Dan's book and 'Findability' is on my list... as is IA... :-)

Thanks Jon! I headed to Amazon immediately after reading your suggestions :-) And yes, I enjoyed Shaping Things [1] by Bruce Sterling a great deal.

Peter, my pleasure! Hope you enjoy the books!

I would also have to mention that "Universal Principles of Design" is also a strikingly BEAUTIFUL book.