In a discussion list someone posted the question “what makes the ‘best’ interaction designers?”
This has stirred the group to write a good number of answers. But I have yet to read an answer that mentions goals and context and calls for a contextualization of the question.
Here’s what I am thinking:
The short answer: a “better” interaction designer thinks about the context and goals first and uses systems thinking to understand how the design challenge and the possible solutions fit within the web of network relationships.
Interaction design is a problem-solving methodology and the first step in problem solving is identifying and defining the problem. Defining the problem includes defining the context of the problem and the factors and variables involved at every level of the inquiry and process.
A new, more detailed question may end up reading like this:
But then again, these are just my 2 cents.