The Elements of Design

Boxes & Arrows Christina Wodtke provides a thoughtful article on applying good elements of writing to design. A fresh perspective on design.
I would chime in with one semi-counterpoint. Unlike prose, which delivers a strictly linear experience for the reader/user, web applications are interactive and thus non-linear. The user’s actions (or interactions) mold the experience over time. We “navigate” through an application. This is where I think things diverge.
Great interactive experience marry the two worlds: the draw and appeal of good writing coupled with the satisfying and gratifying feeling of using a well-designed tool. It is part creative work, part utilitarian invention. This is partly why I find interaction design so challenging and rewarding.

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