Designing Interaction, not Interfaces

Speaker:  Michel Beaudouin-Lafon – Orsay Cedex, France
Topic(s):  Human Computer Interaction


Although the power of personal computers has increased 1000-fold over the past 20 years, user interfaces remain essentially the same. Innovations in HCI research, particularly novel interaction techniques, are rarely incorporated into products. In this talk I argue that the only way to significantly improve user interfaces is to shift the research focus from designing interfaces to designing interaction. This requires powerful interaction models, a better understanding of both the sensory-motor details of interaction and a broader view of interaction in the context of use. It also requires novel interaction architectures that address reinterpretability, resilience and scalability. The talk introduces my own take on this challenge: instrumental interaction, an interaction model for post-WIMP interfaces, and I demonstrate its descriptive, evaluative and generative power.

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  43
Duration:  45 - 60 minutes
Languages Available:  English, French
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