Interaction Design

Readings found on class Drive

Lauren McCarthy subverts interaction design's definition to “induce user behavior” by inviting users to control her.

Almost Wikipedia by Benjamin Mako Hill identifies the key features that lead to Wikipedia's success. Bharat Anand clarifies business strategy in the information age in The Content Trap.

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries invites entrepreneurs to finally admit they don't know who their users are or what they want, and the classic Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug describes helpful tactics to find out.

About Face by Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann, David Cronin, Christopher Noessel is the canonical text on personas, though I much prefer Clayton Christensen's Jobs To Be Done on market segmentation.

Olia Lialina's essay on the evolution of human computer interaction (HCI) meditates thoughtfully on the jargon swirling around UX design.

Information Architecture by Jorge Arango, Louis Rosenfeld, and Peter Morville, updates the traditional field of library sciences to the digital age. Though Mal d’Archive by Jacques Derrida makes clear that archives can never be politically neutral.

Old school psych: B.F. Skinner’s Operant Conditioning and Brainwashing by Edgar H Stein.

Film critic Roger Ebert claims video games can never be art. Watch Ian Bogost make a passionate counterpoint. If still unconvinced check out Jason Rohrer's The Passage and Eddo Stern’s work.