harnessing technology's potential without beingharnessed to technology
20 Nov 2006 - 6:38pm
7 years ago
"How do we best stay abreast of rapidly changing technologies and their
implications/potential for interaction design without getting bogged down
The difficulty is finding a source for this knowledge."
That's a good question that I certainly struggle with. To some extent I
think the sky is the limit as far as interaction design is concerned (so
long as you stay within the monitor, keyboard, and mouse realm). Of course,
the sky is the limit if there is no limit on brilliant developers, their
time, testing, etc. Of course you need to eventually create something so
there is some balance to be factored in.
More to the point of your question though, here's what I do but in no
1) I subscribe to lists like this and follow the URLs to posts like Ziya's
that take you to websites that push the envelope. I think about the sites
from different perspectives such as: how did they do that?, why did they do
that?, etc. I also read blogs of those individuals who actively seek well
designed sites or sites that approach information problems in unique ways.
2) I look on my own for interesting sites that push the envelope and attempt
to explore what is technically possible.
3) When drafting new interfaces I think long and hard about how something
could be done better (balancing things out so that users can still figure
out how to use it etc.). I then talk about the approach with others to get
their perspective, including a developer or two to get the technical
The more I think about it the more I feel there is no magic bullet for
staying abreast of what is technically possible in interaction design. I
would recommend always staying involved in discussions, orgs, personal
exploration, etc. In fact, I think that "a source" for this knowledge could
be risky because whoever or whatever maintained the source could potentially
end up skewing the information if even unintentionally.
Senior Information Architect
Lux Group, Inc.