Designing Interactions

moggridge.jpgAmong the lovely big fat books you’ve put aside for your summer reading — on the beach, at the lake, or just in the garden hammock — you might make space for a tome by Bill Moggridge, Designing Interactions. It’s a collection of interviews of a wide group of people who know all there is to know about how we interact with computers and how that interaction is increasingly the target of industrial designers. Moggridge developed the first laptop computer; and in the book he talks to something like 40 people who are involved one way or another with computing and design, including, for example, Tim Mott, who designed what we now know as the computer desktop; Gillian Crampton Smith, who established the first program in interaction design at the Royal College of Art in London; Larry Tesler, who had a hand in developing the mouse; and Brenda Laurel, a “digital diva” who has published a book called Computers As Theatre.

As you’d imagine, given the subject matter, there’s a great website, too, that will let you read good excerpts from chapters and listen to snippets of the interviews (which are available in full in audio on the DVD that accompanies the book — so you can learn with your eyes closed as you rock gently in the hammock, or canoe, or deck chair…

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