Interaction design as a holistic experience

Cliff Kuang writes for Wired about why there is a golden age for UI (user interface) design around the corner.

Let’s leave it in the middle of his claim about the golden age is right or wrong.

He touches an interesting point when he talks about the holistic experience of technology. We still focus too much on the single device. And devices focus too much on serving a single user. While actually the most to gain is when machines start working together without you realizing.

In his article he cites Microsoft researcher Bill Buxton

Buxton has said that the solution is to “stop focusing on the individual objects as islands.” He has come up with a simple standard for whether a gadget should even exist: Each new device should reduce the complexity of the system and increase the value of everything else in the ecosystem.

Interesting read.