Reboot Conversation: Past, Present, Future of Interaction Design

Reboot was very good this year, and after meeting people like Mathias Müller-Prove (works with user experience on OpenOffice and did another presentation), Matthew (works in AllPeers — a company that does an interestning firefox plugin, that I unfortunately never got a demo of).

This inspired me to have a conversation about “the humane interface“… In the light of Jef Raskin’s book The Humane Interface to discuss the past, present and future of interaction design, human computer interaction and related stuff.

It was a great, lively debate and good to meet a lot of people interested in this subject. I think around 20 showed up. I hope people will add comments and photos from the session — which actually took place in a dressing room… Very rough, but fun to try :).

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4 Responses to “Reboot Conversation: Past, Present, Future of Interaction Design”

  1. Matthias Müller-Prove Says:

    Thanks, Jesper, for setting this up. It was a very good session.
    BTW – here is the original quote from the book:

    Any system shall not harm your content
    or, through inaction, allow your content to come to harm.

  2. Thomas Visby Snitker Says:

    Maybe relevant in this context: Eric Reiss (of the FatDUX) has the following Web Dogma ’06 – 10 rules that will enhance the user experience of any website or online application:

    1. Anything that exists only to satisfy the internal politics of the site owner must be eliminated.

    2. Anything that exists only to satisfy the ego of the designer must be eliminated.

    3. Anything that is irrelevant within the context of the page must be eliminated.

    4. Any feature or technique that reduces the visitor’s ability to navigate freely must be reworked or eliminated.

    5. Any interactive object that forces the visitor to guess its meaning must be reworked or eliminated.

    6. No software, apart from the browser itself, must be required to get the site to work correctly.

    7. Content must be readable first, printable second, downloadable third.

    8. Usability must never be sacrificed for the sake of a style guide.

    9. No visitor must be forced to register or surrender personal data unless the site owner is unable to provide a service or complete a transaction without it.

    10. Break any of these rules sooner than do anything outright barbarous.*

    * Shamelessly stolen from George Orwell’s famous Rules for Writers

  3. Thomas Visby Snitker Says:

    Or maybe the web dogma are Web 1.0?

  4. Björn Rixman Says:

    Thanks for the initiative Jesper, it was a good session indeed.

    Related to the whole web-apps-behaving-like-desktop-applications discussion, what’s your opinion on Joyents Slingshot?