LEARNING ABOUT INTERACTIVITY FROM PHYSICAL TOYS

EVA HORNECKER

Abstract


Interaction Design is about designing interactions. We thus need to understand what makes up (good) ‘interactivity’. This article discusses experiences with an exercise that aims to sensitize students for interaction qualities and to make them familiar with central concepts on the nature of interactivity through analysis of physical toys. Reflecting on students’ insights and observations provides us with a deeper understanding of abstract notions and their complex interrelation, and with vivid examples, giving evidence of the exercise’s value.


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