ChapterÂ 13.Â Digital Interaction
I donât design stuff for myself. Iâm a toolmaker. I design things that other people want to use.
Interfaces and Humans
WHEN WE INTERFACE WITH DIGITAL SYSTEMS, weâre doing so through many layers of abstraction, so itâs necessary to provide environmental elements that we can recognize and understand. Thatâs essentially what computer interfaces are: artificial environments that bridge the gap between digital informationâs total symbolic abstraction and our perceptual systemsâ need for affordance, whether physical or simulated.
Itâs easy to forget that the word âinterfaceâ isnât necessarily about people. For many years, the word mainly had to do with how one machine interoperates with ...