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VIII.2 March 2001
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Introduction: An insider’s view of interface design

Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson

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This special section is the second annual special issue of interactions to bring together practitioners and academicians involved in user interface design. I am extraordinarily grateful to Steven Pemberton, interactions Editor-in-Chief, and Ken Korman, Executive Editor, for helping to make this an annual project, and to all of the contributors who gracefully accepted the challenge to expose their projects and programs in this magazine.

I am sincerely thankful to my indefatiguable colleagues Jonathan Arnowitz and Wendy Mackay. We were brought together this year to work on cooking up "design" activities for the SIGCHI Executive Committee's consideration. We discovered that the term itself caused knitted brows and furrowed foreheads—including our own, despite the fact that all three of us have "bridging" careers that have crossed between academia and product design for industry. The Trialogue we offer in the following pages is a condensation of many, many conversations among ourselves and others on the topic, and we hope that rather than conclude the discussion with a definition of design, our article will prompt further conversation.

This year's special section takes a look at a diverse set of companies, from software development giants to full-service consultancies, dot-coms and even an incubator. Also included is a peek at a highly cross-departmental UI project at Drexel University, and designing tools for the film industry. To round out the balance, you are invited to compare briefs on how HCI is taught at two universities and a perspective piece on how it might be done in an ideal world.

Please send us your feedback at; we'd love to hear from you and get your ideas on what you'd like to see in future special issues. I'm sure that there are hundreds more practitioner and academic stories to be told; let's hear 'em!

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Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
Generic Media, Inc.

Adjunct Chair for Design Policy—SIGCHI Executive Committee

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