Week 1: What is Interaction Design to me?

Week One — Introductions
Seminar One, Molly Wright Steenson
Carnegie Mellon, Fall 2017

Introduction

Hello! My name is Denise Nguyen. My last name is pronounced, ‘Whin’, in case you were wondering. I am a solo-backpacker, Allston native, and design student at Carnegie Mellon University. I hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. Introduction paragraphs are always hard for me. Let’s grab coffee and have a conversation instead.

Luang Prabang, Laos. One of the happiest moments of my life. Ask me about it.

My (Current) Definition of Interaction Design

My definition of Interaction Design is constantly changing. That’s okay because the products, ideas, and environments around me are constantly changing. I am constantly changing.

I’d like to think that my classmates and I are helping to shape the definition of Interaction Design.

I believe that Interaction Design is more than just a journey of the little interactions between a user and a product. It is about designing an interaction that is useful (and fun) for people with different perspectives — maybe even people who don’t use technology. It’s more than just the workflows, but also the implications and consequences.


Reading Sketchnotes

This week we also had to read three articles. Below are my sketchnotes:

  • Dan Saffer, Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices, 2nd ed. (Berkeley, CA: New Riders, 2010), Introduction & Chapter 1.
Dan Saffer, Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices, 2nd ed. (Berkeley, CA: New Riders, 2010), Introduction & Chapter 1.
Jon Kolko, “Design Thinking Comes of Age,” Harvard Business Review, September 2015, https://hbr.org/2015/09/design-thinking-comes-of-age.
Lauren Chapman Ruiz, “Service Design 101,” interactions blog, July 21, 2014, http://interactions.acm.org/blog/view/service-design-101