ADMIN: (read this before posting) RE: Interaction design vs. Usability -> differencesincompetency
20 Jul 2004 - 9:29am
10 years ago
Ok folks, if people are just going to flat ignore me I am going to be forced
to put the list on moderation.
did that get everyone's attention?
First off, we are not here to talk about titles. We have learned over and
over that title talk just angers people and gets everyone no where.
We are here to talk about interaction design as a discipline and NOT as a
title given to a person to describe their role. That being said we are not
going to discuss other discipline's titles either. But as a rule, since this
community is about interaction design, the term interaction designer is more
cleanly understood than other discpline's titles as those who practice
primarily (but not exclusively) interaction design as defined on our web
site (http://interactiondesigners.com; new expanded definitions coming
Things worthy of talking about in this thread are working on multifaceted
How do traditional usability professional (akin to Nielsen and Spool) use
usability techniques to innovate and design? This is particularly
interesting since these leaders of usability don't actually do innovation,
to quote Jared Spool, "I'm not a designer." How do these techniques
compliment interaction design techniques such as Contextual Inquiry and
What are the international ramifications of our day-to-day practice?
But please, please, please, lets skip the whole title talk. While I do think
titles are important, I do believe this is an issue for the entire UX
community and NOT one specific to this organization nor to interaction
From: Dan Saffer [mailto:dan at odannyboy.com]
Sent: Tue 7/20/2004 10:00 AM
To: Elizabeth Buie; 'Interaction Designers'
Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] Interaction design vs. Usability -> differences
On Jul 20, 2004, at 10:11 AM, Elizabeth Buie wrote:
> Usability *testers* can only test things that are already > created. Usability *engineers* may also design them. >
Please enlighten me then as to what usability engineers do: how their
process differs from that of interaction designers. Are they creating
products from scratch or simply modifying existing designs to solve
usability problems? My guess is that anyone who is a "usability
engineer" and doing the former is really practicing interaction design
under a different title.