Chapter 7. The Surface Plane: Sensory Design

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Defining the Surface

On the skeleton plane, we were dealing primarily with arrangement. Interface design concerns the arrangement of elements to enable interaction; navigation design, the arrangement of elements to enable movement through the product; and information design, the arrangement of elements to communicate information to the user.

Moving up to the surface plane, we are now dealing with the sensory design and presentation of the logical arrangements that make up the skeleton of the product. For example, through attention to information design, we determine how we should group and arrange ...

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