UX Book Club – What is Interaction Design?

Session Title

UX Book Club – What is Interaction Design?


Steve Baty, Meld

Session Type: Discussion

Following on from the global success of the UX Book Club – now operating in over 70 locations – this session mimics the discussion format in use by many of the larger groups. Attendees will be asked to read Jon Kolko’s Thoughts on Interaction Design and/or Dan Saffer’s Designing for Interaction, 2nd edition and to engage in a discussion around “What is Interaction Design?”.

The session will be structured as follows:
5 minute introduction
25 minute round-table discussion (in tables of 8-10)
10 minute Q&A with Jon & Dan (tbc) with questions supplied by each table.

The focus of the session will be on engaging in a peer-to-peer discussion of the topic, in an unmoderated form – as has proven popular with UX Book Club attendees around the world. Session coordinators (tbc) will roam the room, assisting with the discussion and providing input as necessary.

If authors are unavailable, the general discussion will be extended, and the session will close with a short wrap-up.


Steve Baty is the founder of UX Book Club and one of the coordinators for the Sydney UX Book Club group. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Interaction Design Association; is a contributing editor for Johnny Holland; editor of Boxes & Arrows; contributor to UXmatters; and organizer of the UX Australia conference.

Steve is a practitioner with over a decade of experience and a passion for solving problems through design.

He likes to go fishing, but doesn’t get to very often.