Category Archives: SxD Theory

Social interaction design covers not only user experience and interaction design for web applications, but the social dimensions of interaction and communication. Theoretical commentaries are posted in this section.

Mirror, surface, window – three modes of the social screen

User experience designers like their conceptual models. We are professionally prone to build and rely on models and abstractions ā€” mental constructs known not for their accuracy but perhaps for their utility. In the world of social tools, and of … Continue reading

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Instagram profiles: the social image

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s because a picture says something. What is says, by whom, or to whom, is not the point, and can’t be, because the picture is not a linguistic expression. While it … Continue reading

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Beyond the Social Object

The idea of social objects has been around for quite some time. Indeed, a lifetime in internet years. But for all of its conceptual durability, it offers limited theoretical insight ā€” to the point of misleading designers, developers, and marketers … Continue reading

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