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Interaction design focuses on creating interfaces, systems, and devices revolving around user behavior. In this course, author David Hogue sheds light on designing effective interactions for any digital medium. The course explores the interaction design process, explains how interaction designers work and the tools they use, and details the five essential principles of interaction design: consistency, visibility, learnability, predictability, and feedback. The course also introduces basic psychological concepts and examines the roles of context, motivation, and perception in a design; offers navigation best practices; and shows how to design for motivation and behavior and provide feedback to visitors.
So, who is this course for? Well, it's for students, designers, and developers; anyone who wants to better understand how people think, why we behave the way we do, and how to create interfaces that meet our needs more effectively. We're not satisfied with good enough; we strive for best. This is not a course that teaches how to create design documents, like wireframes, icons, and infographics, or how to use design software. This course focuses on how to approach interaction design, better understand how people think, and how to make better interaction design decisions.
We will ask questions, discuss design principles, and show how to create more effective, and more considerate interfaces and devices. We will discuss interactivity from multiple perspectives, but nearly all of it will be in the context of psychology, to help us better understand how people think, and act, so that our designs truly work well, and meet their needs. Although interaction designers define the structure and behavior of interactive systems and devices, we should not focus solely on the interface. Interaction design is really about the behavior of people. Too many of the devices, software, and tools we use complicate, obstruct, or delay our tasks, and in some cases, even thwart our efforts completely.
We should strive to craft interfaces, systems, and devices that enhance our productivity, facilitate our actions, meet our needs, create value, and even provide enjoyment. So let's get started!
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