Understanding Interaction : The Relationships Between People, Technology, Culture, and The Environment, Volume 1 book cover
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Understanding Interaction
The Relationships Between People, Technology, Culture, and The Environment, Volume 1

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ISBN 9781482228625
December 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Auerbach Publications
288 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Understanding Interaction is a book that explores the interaction between people and technology, in the broader context of the relations between the human-made and the natural environments.

It is not just about digital technologies – our computers, smart phones, the Internet – but all our technologies such as mechanical, electrical and electronic. Our ancestors started creating mechanical tools and shaping their environments millions of years ago, developing cultures and languages, which in turn influenced our evolution. Volume 1 of Understanding Interaction looks into this deep history – starting from the tool creating period (the longest and most influential on our physical and mental capacities), to the settlement period (agriculture, domestication, villages and cities, written language), the industrial period (science, engineering, reformation and renaissance), and finally the communication period (mass media, digital technologies, global networks).

The aim of the book is to be guide and inspiration for designers, artists, engineers, psychologists, media producers, social scientists etc., and as such be useful for both novices and more experienced practitioners.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Part 1: Historical Reflection on Evolution, Technology, Language and Culture. 2. Historical Reflection Introduction. 3. Tools - Dedicated Tool Making and the Emergence of Language. 4. Settlement - Agriculture, Mechanical Tools, and Writing. 5. Industrialization - Machines, Science, Humanism, and Industry. 6. Information - Representation and Communication. Part 2: Understanding People. 7. Human Sciences - Psychology, Biology, Neurology, and Physiology. 8. Sensory Modalities. 9. Perception. 10. Thinking - Cognition, Memory, and the (un)Conscious. 11. Expressive Modalities. 12. Design Perspectives – Frameworks, Models, and Applications. References.

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Bert Bongers is an associate professor with the Faculty of Design, Architecture, and Building at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.