Interactive Design, Lecture Notes

Importance of Design Process and Context

The design process should not be overlooked as it provides the designer with insights to their production. In fact, it is during this progression where they fully develop their existing ideas as well as promoting new ones. Bill Verplank breaks this process down into 8 simple phases.

Error – Idea ­– Metaphor – Scenario – Task – Model – Representation (Prototype) – Manipulation (Interaction)

Through these early developments, it helps the designer to understand, define and frame what needs to be solved and how to overcome it. For example, using a context scenario allows the designer to observe and comprehend the situation, the people and their needs in order to successfully reach their goal.

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Interactive Design, Lecture Notes

The role of an Interactive Designer

When someone mentions ‘interactive design’, what first comes to mind? Touch screens? Instructions? Animations? These are just some common aspects that people generally grasp. What they fail in realising is that our lives and daily environments are surrounded by interactive design, which by definition is a product of shaping our everyday lives through digital artefacts. Loosely put, without such productions, getting through each passing day would be a tedious and bothersome task in today’s technological age.

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