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REVIEW: Interaction Design - Beyond Human-Computer Interaction.


The scope of 'Interaction Design' covers a wide range of issues in both Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design (ID). Co-authors Jenny Preece, Yvonne Rogers and Helen Sharp have produced a book which contains the necessary information on the subjects they cover and the exercises and activities required to allow the reader to evaluate their own grasp on the subjects at hand.

The book is set out like a traditional text book - each chapter covers a general topic which is broken down into smaller sections with accompanying exercises, activities, charts, diagrams and pictures to act as informative aids.

What sets 'Interaction Design' apart is the breadth of material it covers, and the depth of understanding and information it contains. This book examines the subject matter to degree level, and would be of use to students of psychology, sociology and anthropology as well as those studying information systems and computer science. The authors do not limit themselves to the technical issues of HCI or ID, but rather they explore the wider ranging social and ethical ramifications of these subjects.

'Interaction Design' is aimed at both students in HCI or ID related disciplines and the actual development teams in the professional sector. As such it is by no means an introductory text for the uninitiated. The chapter introductions may prove to be of interest to the casual reader but beyond that the book becomes too involved to be anything other than an academic or professional hand book.

The book excels in its chosen role, as the tone of the writing is scholarly enough to keep the attention but not too dry as to become tiresome. The activities and exercises are very useful, and the accompanying illustrations - including a collection of colour plates referred to throughout the book - are well presented. Also, the reference section and index appear to be exhaustive.

CONCLUSION: 'Interaction Design' manages to focus on the important issues with satisfying clarity despite covering a broad spectrum of topics, many of which, in the hands of lesser writers, could have become mere sketches. A near definitive guide which covers not only HCI but also the issues which effect and are affected by human computer interaction.

Title: Interaction Design - Beyond Human-Computer Interaction Author: Jenny Preece / Yvonne Rogers / Helen Sharp Published by: John Wiley & Sons ISBN: 0-471-49278-7 Price: GBP27.50 Reviewer: Kevin Turner
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Date:Jun 7, 2002
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