Aarhus, Denmark (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
A sketch by Bill Buxton inspired the computer touch-screens touch. An early copy of Don Normans Living with Complexity, a 2010 book about how well-designed devices can tame a complex world, made its way to Al Gores cluttered desk.
Today the Interaction Design Foundation, the IDF, has announced its new executive board consisting of Don Norman, recognized as the Grand Old Man of tech design, and Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and five other leading figures in the technology and design community. The executive board is working hard to publish free online educational materials for technology designers and college students.
The centerpiece is the ever-expanding Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction written by 100+ leading designers, Ivy League professors, CEOs, futurists and bestselling authors from across the design and technology universe. Currently the encyclopedia numbers 35 short textbooks or chapters which students, professors and professionals can assemble in any way they want in order to make their own individualized compendium.
Don Norman has also contributed to the encyclopedia. Three other contributing authors are Clayton Christensen, the Harvard professor praised as brilliant by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, as well as Steve Mann, known as the father of wearable computing and the inspiration for Googles high-profile Project Glass, and Stu Card, a senior research fellow at Xerox PARC and leading pioneer in human-computer interaction. Other contributing authors are from MIT, Stanford University, Google, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, Cambridge University, Stockholm University, Yahoo, Carnegie Mellon University, and many more companies and universities. The website also includes a TV station with educational videos and interviews filmed around the world by the team behind the Interaction Design Foundation.
The goal is nothing less than making technology more user-friendly by giving designers free educational material at the highest quality. For everyone, everywhere. From New York or New Delhi. Rich and poor.
Were leading a battle against frustrating and time-consuming technology poor designs that drain our productivity, our dignity and sometimes our sanity, says Founder of the IDF Mads Soegaard. Too many PCs, mobile devices, household appliances and software applications are designed with engineers in mind, not consumers. In fact, study after study shows that computers are the leading cause of lost productivity. One survey revealed that crashes, printer jams and network problems cost the average UK employee 48 minutes per day. Thats one reason why were reaching out to the next generation of tech designers with free, world-class educational materials.
The executive board includes Don Norman, recognized as the Grand Old Man of tech design; Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research; Ken Friedman, professor and formerly dean of the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University, Australia; Michael Arent, vice president of user experience at SAP Business Objects; Olof Schybergson, founder and CEO of Fjord, a digital service design consultancy; Jonas Lowgren, a professor of interaction design at Swedens Malmo University; and Dan Rosenberg, a user experience executive, consultant and professor. All executive board members are serving gratis.