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Nov 15, 2003: Interaction Design Coalescence

At the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy, Molly Steenson has been hard at work developing The Hub, a resource and discussion site on interaction design. Looks like a great resource! It's ambitious, and scalability will be tough, but Molly invites participation in the Hub's blog; perhaps that will help feed the useful collection of resources on interaction design and related fields, like information architecture. Hmmm... except that there's no section on IA. Hey Molly, what gives?

Speaking of interaction design, a group of Very Smart People led by Challis Hodge have started an interaction design exploratory group. This grew out of Bruce Tognazzini's recent wakeup call for some sort of coalescing among interaction designers. The group is still trying to determine whether it should stand alone as an organization, a la AIfIA, or join forces with an existing organization. Whichever route they go, I wish them the best success. I've always felt that interaction design and IA are distinct and quite complementary, so it's great to see a similar coalescence among the interaction designers.

Apparently there is even more coalescence going on. According to their recent press release, "The International Council of Graphic Design Associations (referred to as Icograda) and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Designers (referred to as ICSID) are pleased to announce the formation of the International Design Alliance IDA. In a major step for the global design community, Icograda and ICSID have committed themselves to forming 'one powerful voice' for all disciplines of design through the creation of IDA."

Sounds like a good thing, though it's also a little frustrating to see so few design disciplines actually represented in this partnership. Aren't there other types of design besides graphic and industrial? I'm hopeful that IDA will see this "major step" as a first one.

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