Notes on
craft and interaction design

Version 1, December 2020

A lightly structured and partly commented selection of excerpts from various literatures. The aim is to provide food for thought on what interaction design could learn from craft.

Design is not craft. Interaction design is certainly not craft. But there are elements of interaction design that could benefit from a craft perspective.

The document provided here as a PDF for download is an annotated bibliography of sorts, collecting excerpts from a rather broad selection of sources that I find pertinent to understanding craft and what interaction design can learn from craft. The sources are drawn from several academic disciplines. I have provided my reflections and comments on some of the excerpts, and sorted them into seven categories:

It is my hope that this document can provide inspiration for other interaction design scholars and practitioners in their joint efforts of bringing our discipline forward.

Cite as: “Löwgren, J. (2020). Notes on craft and interaction design, version 1. Available at http://jonas.lowgren.info/ncixd.htm”

PDF downloads

The 472-page document comes in three different versions, for various reading and printing needs.

Plain: Single page, 140 x 210 mm, for screen reading.

Two-up: Slightly reduced two-up for screen reading or landscape A4 printing.

Sheets: Imposed for short-end duplex landscape A3 printing to yield 16-page signatures for handbinding.

Here are two different styles for some book-binding inspiration:
half leather in-board (top) and Gebrochene Rücken case-bound (bottom).