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Ken Sinclair
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Creating Interactions

Wiki defines Interaction design very well  -- "embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."

Interaction design (IxD) defines the structure and content of communication between two or more interactive "beings" to understand each other. By nature, all humans possess interactivity and most of human communication, verbal or not, is interactive.   Interaction Designers strive to create meaningful relationships between people and the products and services that they use, from computers to mobile devices to appliances and beyond. The practice typically centers on "embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world."

Interactivity, however, is not limited to technological systems. It can also apply to other types of non-electronic products and services, and even organizations. Also, people have been interacting with each other as long as humans have been a species. Therefore, interaction design can be applied to the development of all solutions (or offerings), such as services and events. Those who design these offerings have, typically, performed interaction design inherently without naming it as such.

Got all that? "Embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world." That is where we are in our evolution. Our Building Automation Industry has risen from the total obscurity of a boiler room and being installed by the sub trade of a sub trade to becoming a very visible industry. Now we must "Create Interactions" worthy of our visibility and strive to better understand how to interact with the powerful presentations of our information.

I am pleased with the stable of articles, interviews, columns, reviews, and new products for the July issue and how all have presented their take on Creating  Interactions with the physical world.

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As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

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