I had lunch with Bob Baxley yesterday. He, Jesse and I are all New Riders authors all writing at about the same pace, so we exchange war stories as we go along, trying to glean insight from each other. And we started to discuss interaction design (the topic of his book), and how very odd it was that it doesn’t hae a community the way IA does. I can’t think of a single list devoted to it, nor a zine. There are few books and no conferences that I can think of.
Reading Boxes and Arrows: The indie life: Talking with Louis Rosenfeld I was surprised at Lou’s assertion that IA is more complex than IntD. Sure, on the web it’s still moderately limeted, but once you dig your teeth into even a slightly complex web ap, you really notice what a mess it can be… and software? Fergettaboutit. Interaction design for advanced software is as complex as any million page site. And when you get it right, its invisible, just like IA.
So where is the support group for IntD? Where are the conferences where they exchange their secrets? Or are they unsung heros, alone, caught between usability and engineering, just trying to make a good experience for their users.
Okay, that’s hyperbole, but really….