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Navigation & Interaction, Vol. 2 by Smashing Magazine

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How Do You Design Interaction?

By Luca Leone

If you have to design an interface it’s almost obvious to think to begin the process by drawing. But is this the best way? I once casually started by writing an imagined human-computer conversation, and only afterwards I continued by drawing.

This changed my way of thinking and I never went back to drawing first. This chapter will explain the reasons behind my decision.

I have always been a huge admirer of the guys at Basecamp1. Some time ago, I was reading a tweet by Jason Zimdars, one of its designers:

1-design-interaction-zimdars-tweet-optZimdar’s tweet2

“UI design starts with words.” He wasn’t joking. The comment got a lot of retweets, a lot ...

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