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In through the Side Door: Fifty Years of Women in Interaction Design (Paperback)

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The vital story of how women designers and researchers pioneered the field of interaction and user experience design for software and digital interfaces.

Framed against the backdrop of contemporary waves of feminism and the history of computing design, In through the Side Door foregrounds the stories of the women working in the field of computing and the emergent discipline of interaction design as the graphical user interface was developed. Erin Malone begins with a handful of pioneers who brought to the field various methods from a variety of backgrounds including design, technical communication, social psychology, ethnography, information science, and mechanical engineering. Moving into the early days of desktop computing, the book highlights the women on the teams inventing the contemporary desktop computer interfaces and related tools, including those at Xerox PARC, Apple’s Human Interface group, and Microsoft.

Malone takes the reader through the invention of the world wide web, the third wave of feminism, and on to the dot com boom and bust. Coming up to contemporary times, the book features the work of women working on the web, designing equipment interfaces, working in voice UX, mobile design, civic design, and continues with the up-and-coming leaders driving social impact, changing human-centered design and research, and working to be accountable for the harms contemporary software produces. Along the way, the author also touches on the challenges and biases women have faced in the workplace and continue to face despite cultural and sociological advancements.

About the Author

Erin Malone is Professor and Chair of the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts. She is coauthor of Designing Social Interfaces and also spearheaded the ADL Social Pattern Library.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780262548892
ISBN-10: 0262548895
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: October 15th, 2024
Pages: 352
Language: English