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Welcome to the third edition of Interaction Design: Beyond Human–Computer Interaction, and our interactive website at www.id-book.com. Building on the success of the previous editions, we have substantially updated and streamlined the material to provide a comprehensive introduction to the fast-growing and multidisciplinary field of interaction design. But rather than let the book continue to expand, this time we made a conscious effort to reduce its size – with a little help from our publisher. It now weighs less than the previous edition and is considerably thinner!

Our textbook is aimed primarily at undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students from a range of backgrounds studying introductory classes in human–computer interaction, interaction design, web design, software engineering, digital media, information systems, and information studies. It will also appeal to a wide range of professionals and technology users who can dip into it and learn about a specific approach, interface, or topic.

It is called Interaction Design: Beyond Human–Computer Interaction because interaction design is concerned with a broader scope of issues, topics, and methods than traditionally was the scope of human–computer interaction (HCI), with a focus on the diversity of design and evaluation processes involved. We define interaction design as

designing interactive products to support the way people communicate and interact in their everyday and working lives.

This relies on an understanding ...

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