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Expanding IxD

In one of the recent UIE podcasts, Jared Spool looks at some history and chats with Bill Verplank of Xerox PARC fame. When talking about some of the differences between then and now, Verplank explains his and Bill Moggridge’s decision to go with user interaction design rather than user interface design as a way to signal a move away from a computer-centric vision of interaction to one that incorporates a wider array of user contexts. Later on in the conversation, Verplank validates that more expansive view by pointing to the Rhode Island School of Design’s move to hire John Maeda as its new president whose background is not only in computer graphics but programming as well.

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