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Interaction Design

Interaction design, often abbreviated IxD, is “about shaping digital things for people’s use”,[1] alternately defined as “the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, and services.”[2] Like many other design fields interaction design also has an interest in form but its main focus is on behavior.[2]What clearly marks interaction design as a design field as opposed to a science or engineering field is that it is synthesis and imagining things as they might be, more so than focusing on how things are.[2]

Interaction design is heavily focused on satisfying the needs and desires of the people who will use the product.[2] Where other disciplines like software engineering have a heavy focus on designing for technical stakeholders of a project.

-As collaborated on Wikipedia

 

[1] Encyclopedia of Interaction Design (interaction-design.org)
[2] Cooper, Alan; Reimann, Robert; Cronin, Dave (2007). About Face 3: The Essentials of Interaction DesignIndianapolis, IndianaWiley. pp. 610. ISBN 978-0-470-08411-3. Retrieved 18 July 2011.