The Art of Interactive Design

09Oct06

Our first reading of the semester – well, it drives its point home.  Crawford’s,  The Art of Interactive Design, is well written and really explains the basic concepts from the ground up, thus defining our purpose at itp and in this course in general.  Crawford defines interactivity as a two way conversation of listening, thinking and speaking.  One of the most overused terms of the past decade, interactivity is often confused with reactive, which is one way.  In chapter 2, he goes on the talk about why interactivity is so important and it significance to industry, including design, as well as to the development of the computer itself.  Due to interactive communication via the computer being more akin/closer to true human communication, email and video conferencing have exploded in popularity over past decades.  Crawford’s argues that the personal computer became as popular as it did for two reasons, that it became affordable and interactive due to graphical interfaces and the like.  A nice plus too, was Crawford’s wit.

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