An Introduction to
Interaction Design

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Interaction Design (IxD) defines the structure and behaviour of interactive systems. Interaction Designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond.

What is
"Interaction Design? "

Interaction Design is a multi-disciplinary design discipline that uses human understanding to manage the growth of complexity due to but not limited in scope to technology. Interaction design is heavily focused on satisfying the needs and desires of the people who will use the product.

What does
"Interaction Designer do? "

The Interaction Designer designs the behaviours of systems that lead people through positive experiences. Interaction designers, focus on digital products and interactive software design. The Interaction Designer designs the behaviours of systems that lead people through positive experiences.

Effective interfaces are visually apparent and forgiving, instilling in their users a sense of control. Users quickly see the breadth of their options, grasp how to achieve their goals, and can settle down to do their work. Effective interfaces do not concern the user with the inner workings of the system. Work is carefully and continuously saved, with full option for the user to undo any activity at any time. Effective applications and services perform a maximum of work, while requiring a minimum of information from users.

A nice video - Describing
IxD to the Outside World

Carl Alviani is a writer and content strategist for Ziba, a design consultancy in Portland, Oregon. He describes about the question he usually encounter from the outer world especially the client a fellow colleague, an answer to - What Do You Do Anyway?

Principles of IxD

The following principles are fundamental to the design and implementation of effective interfaces, whether for traditional GUI environments, the web, mobile devices, wearables, or Internet-connected smart devices. Because an application or service appears on the web or mobile device, the principles do not change. If anything, applying these principles—all these principles—becomes even more important.