Welcome to the second edition of Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction, and our interactive website at www.id-book.com. Building on the success of the first edition, we have updated, clarified and streamlined the book to provide an accessible introduction to the multi-disciplinary field of Interaction Design.
This textbook is for undergraduate and masters students from a range of backgrounds studying classes in human-computer interaction, interaction design, web design, software engineering, information systems and information studies. A broad range of professionals and technology users will also find this book useful, as will graduate students who are moving into this area from related disciplines.
Our book is called Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction because interaction design is concerned with a broader scope of issues, topics, and paradigms than has traditionally been within the scope of human-computer interaction (HCI). To be successful, interaction designers need a mixed set of skills from psychology, human-computer interaction, web design, computer science, information systems, marketing, entertainment, sociology and business. We define interaction design as:
Designing interactive products to support the way people communicate and interact in their everyday and working lives
Interaction design relies on an understanding of the capabilities and desires of people and on the kinds of technology available to interaction designers, ...