Revising Designing for Interaction

It’s been almost two years since I started writing my book Designing for Interaction. In that time, the industry and the profession has changed and so have I. If I was to write the book now, I’d write it differently. And that’s what I’ve just proposed to New Riders: a second edition of D4I to come out next summer.

Here’s the TOC I’ve proposed, including topics that readers thought I had left out of the previous edition and incorporating more subjects for intermediate-advanced designers. Let me know if you think I’ve left anything important out.

Introduction to the Second Edition

Ch.1 Three Ways of Thinking About Interaction Design

Ch.2 The Four Approaches to Interaction Design

Ch.3 A Process and a Toolkit for Interaction Designers

Ch.4 Strategic Interaction and Experience Design

Ch.5 Design Research for Interaction Designers

Ch.6 Creating Design Concepts

Ch.7 Making Good Design Decisions

Ch.8 Documenting and Communicating Designs

Ch.9 Prototyping and Creating Form

Ch.10 Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices

Ch.11 Interactions Across Applications and Platforms

Ch.12 Fixing Broken Products

Ch.13 The Future of Interaction Design

Epilogue: Designing for Good

As you can see, the book will be significantly revised and expanded, probably to about 350 pages, or roughly a third more than the current edition of D4I. I’ll also be retaining some of the best features of the last book, including interviews with interaction design luminaries and up-and-comers. And yes, there will be bibliographies at the end of each chapter so the curious can read further on each topic.

Let me know what you, my loyal readers, would like to read about, and I will try to provide.

4 thoughts on “Revising Designing for Interaction

  1. 1. if there’s some content about the related/different names of interaction design (and their relation), it will be quite interesting. [softface, interaction design, information architecture, service design, communication design, etc.]
    2. and a commented bibliography while be quit interesting

  2. Ch3 and Ch4 seem most intriguing to me. Could we have something on informed methods of ideation and some inspiration garnering/seeking “techniques” (cross-cultural design, for instance)

  3. A growing hot-topic is avoidance of the term “User” when talking about the people we create for. I’m wondering if you are planning to avoid “User”, “Subject”, “Actor” etc.. in the next revision?
    Looking forward to v2!

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