Week 1 Interactive Design

Lecture Notes

Week 1

Interaction Design is defined as:

Designing interactive products to support people in their everyday and working lives


The design of spaces for human communication and interaction

Everything from a button, to a link, to a form field is considered interactive design. This design came into being from the moment a screen was made to hold or display anything more than just a static image.

Bill Verplank says that interaction designers need to answer 3 questions in designing interactive media, those 3 questions are :

  • How do you do?
  • How do you feel?
  • How do you know?

The diagram below depicts these questions in relation to interactive media and its design for human interactivity

Figure 1. Interaction Diagram (Verplank, 2009, p. 6)


Gillian Crampton Smith says that interactive design is about shaping our everyday lives with digital artefacts, whether it be in our work, entertainment or information acquisition.

In interactive design there are 5 key design areas that contribute to the design of interactive products:

  • Interactivity
  • Information Architecture
  • Time and Motion
  • Narrative
  • Interface
Feature Image/ Figure 1
Verplank, B. (2009). Interactive Design Sketchbook. Retrieved from: https://hci.rwth-aachen.de/tiki-download_wiki_attachment.php?attId=797

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