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Wiki defines Interaction design very well -- "embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."
Interaction design (IxD) defines the structure and content of communication between two or more interactive "beings" to understand each other. By nature, all humans possess interactivity and most of human communication, verbal or not, is interactive. 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. The practice typically centers on "embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."
Interactivity, however, is not limited to technological systems. It can also apply to other types of non-electronic products and services, and even organizations. Also, people have been interacting with each other as long as humans have been a species. Therefore, interaction design can be applied to the development of all solutions (or offerings), such as services and events. Those who design these offerings have, typically, performed interaction design inherently without naming it as such.
Got all that? "Embedding
information technology into the ambient social complexities of the
physical world." That is where we are in our evolution. Our Building
Automation Industry has risen from the total obscurity of a boiler room
and being installed by the sub trade of a sub trade to becoming a very
visible industry. Now we must "Create Interactions" worthy of our
visibility and strive to better understand how to interact with the
powerful presentations of our information.
I am pleased with the stable of articles, interviews, columns, reviews,
products for the July issue and how all have presented their take
Creating Interactions with the physical world.
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