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Thoughtful Interaction Design: A Design Perspective on Information Technology

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The authors of Thoughtful Interaction Design go beyond the usual technical concerns of usability and usefulness to consider interaction design from a design perspective. The shaping of digital artifacts is a design process that influences the form and functions of workplaces, schools, communication, and culture; the successful interaction designer must use both ethical and ...more
Paperback, 198 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by MIT Press (first published 2004)
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Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was ok
This book is more about becoming a better designer in general than improving interaction design specifically. It's interesting and thought provoking in places, I think I got the most value from thinking about how to avoid getting stuck on a specific solution and instead to force yourself to broaden the number of possible approaches. Unfortunately for such a small book there's a lot of content I didn't find useful - the authors spend too much time talking about topics they won't cover and making ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Only on the first chapter, and this is one of the best books I have ever read. It cuts to the heart of what design is, and aims to educate that design is not an output, but a process. In this case the authors hope for a thoughful process. i.e. the thoughtful interaction designer.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
There is hardly any useful information in this book, and much of it relates more to general design theory than to interaction design. Secondly, it reads like the writers just love to hear themselves talk. It could have been so much more concise.
Nelson Zagalo
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book is from 2004, and in such a new and technological dependent domain as Interaction Design, time matters. Even for a book like this that centres discourse around mere theory, it gets to be completely outdated 15 years after.

I believe, in part, this happens because Löwgren and Stolterman chose to ground the discourse in main common sense. The book works as a research project to find the right position of design and interaction designer in the world of HCI, however much of it doesn't stand
Aaron Chu
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The book takes a pretty neutral approach in providing guidance to designers. Personally, the good part comes in in the last 3--4 chapters where it recommends methodologies with light use cases. I am also more fond of the later chapters as they give a great overview of design history where it talks about the origin and evolution of participatory design, as well as Modernism among other references.
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A really excellent book that addresses some of the fundamental questions of what it means to be a designer.

A solid effort at establishing Interaction Design as a distinct discipline. If you're calling yourself an interaction designer, you really need to soak in this book for a while.
Mark Poulsen
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great introduction on how to approach a design process - especially concerning interaction design. It is also useful to rely on the book for inputs throughout any design process.

Their main point is to approach design "thoughtfully", which means to acknowledge one's own responsibility as a designer. To design is to change people's ways of living, and because designing is always done in relation to a particular context, a designer needs to be "prepared" to deal with the complexity t
Claudia Marie
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
It's ok. Goes on and on about the same thing.
Interesting but not revolutionising; probably because it's a topic concerning interaction design (etc.) which is something that changes very frequently.
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I loved this book, a great introduktion to a relativly new area.
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