Learning about interactivity from physical toys

E. Hornecker

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution book


Interaction design is about designing interactions. We thus need to understand what makes up (good) 'interactivity'. This paper discusses experiences with an exercise that aims to sensitize students for interaction qualities and to make them familiar with central concepts on the nature of interactivity through analysis of physical toys. Reflection on students' insights and observations reveals how these abstract notions interrelate in complex ways and provides vivid examples, giving evidence of the exercise's value.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of NORDES 2007 (Nordic Design Research Conference)
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • interactive toys
  • interactivity
  • interaction qualities
  • designing interactions


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