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links for 05 December 2006 – recent reviews of Bill Moggridge’s ‘Designing Interactions’

Have you read the book yet? (Or watched the DVD?!) What do you think?

You’ll never guess what I’m doing tomorrow :) Stay tuned, it’s pretty exciting!

6 thoughts on “links for 05 December 2006 – recent reviews of Bill Moggridge’s ‘Designing Interactions’

  1. I haven’t read the book and am not too sure about doing so after reading the review. Have you read either Moggridge or Saffer’s books? Which would you recommend?

  2. interesting question :) I’ll get back to you on the Moggridge very soon!

    I’ve ‘lightly’ read Dan Saffer’s book. I think it’s definitely worth a read, although I’m not to sure on his definition of UCD, and I’m still thinking on his ideas re: Genius design.

    I think they’re both worth a look (but I’m also in the fortunate position of having an excellent library at work which makes it easier on the wallet… although my biceps are still recovering from carrying the Moggridge around on the tube!)

    Moggridge is excellent as a ‘not so brief history of the interaction design world’, the Saffer is a little more hands on. There are lots of great stories on both :)

    Perhaps I should do more book review here! :)

  3. I’m about 1/4 the way through Moggridge – and while I’m not an interaction designer/developer (so can’t necessarily judge the practical usefulness of it) I’m enjoying the personal views on some very interesting events (in IT terms) – I’m finding it a good read. It’s also useful for flattening rolled up newspapers, pressing flowers … you’ll have some great biceps by the time you’re finished!

  4. Hi Leisa,

    I’m about halfway through Designing Interactions and really enjoying it, especially the first few chapters (who could fail to be moved by the photo of an older Bill Atkinson with his polaroids of Lisa interface prototypes – I’d love to have that blown up as a poster at work). I‘m finding the early history a great antidote to the current Web 2 hype – to see the innovation and invention behind the common interaction patterns that we take for granted.

    Andrew Otwell’s review is an excellent critique and he makes many valid points, but I wouldn’t let that put anyone off reading the book. Bill Moggridge works for Ideo and so do some of his interviewees. So what? Yes, Bing Gordon’s interview is a bit opaque, but there are plenty of other great ones, like Bill Atkinson’s or Larry Tesler’s. And personally, I find that the interview format works because it humanises the content.

    There are lots of dry, academic books about interaction design/information architecture/HCI/usability around, but here’s one that you can dive straight into, anywhere and find something inspiring or thought-provoking.

  5. hi Nick,

    I agree that the interview style of the book is a big part of it’s appeal. Bill Moggridge calls it a ‘living history’ of interaction design, and it is a real pleasure to go back and revisit the ‘greatest hits’ of IxD from the past few decades.

    I like what you say about it being a good antidote to the Web 2 hype.. I think the other thing that I like about it is that the interview structure really allows the author to take the back seat and almost let the stories tell themselves, and the patterns between the stories create a a metastructure of how good design happens.

    I also like being about to dip in and out of it depending on what takes my fancy :)

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