Interaction design has developed organically, both as a field of study and as a design practice, alongside the evolution of desktop computing and the graphical user interface. Designing for the traditional desktopusing software, browsing a website, navigating an operating systeminvolved few variables beyond the screen. Little thought was given to the broader needs of the person using the interface, eventually reducing the concept of a user into just another part of the overall system. The designer could rely on this generic user to remain in a fixed location, seated at the keyboard, mouse in hand, focused on a task.…
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