Women of Interaction Design

Telling the other half of the story

Women of Interaction Design tells the stories of our foremothers, sheroes, missing aunts and up-and-coming sisters.

Coming Spring 2024

The manuscript is now in editing and revision mode. We are under review with a major publisher—fingers crossed!

About the project

The history of computing and interaction design is full of tales of the lone genius white male and occasionally gives a nod to the same handful of women we see in history book after history book. This collection looks to challenge the status-quo with stories about early interaction and information pioneers—the women of all colors who were trailblazers in male dominated areas, who created new practices and methods; the women who started programs in universities; who founded journals, magazines and professional organizations to celebrate our practices; the women who ran departments in the tech companies and became founders of agencies and Vice Presidents and CXOs or startup founders. This book will tell the stories of the women who were the team-members doing the work behind the scenes who were erased from history and it will look forward to share stories about our rising stars. 

This collection focuses on the women of interaction design—& ux design—and the subdisciplines that have evolved out of this practice including interaction design, information architecture, user research, and visual interface design. The focus is on applied practitioners rather than academics.

Are you interested in sharing a story? Take the survey - https://forms.gle/jo8Pf4Y1FzTghkDPA  - and drop me an email if you want to chat.

Portrait of Erin Malone

About the author

Erin Malone is principal at Experience Matters Design, specializing in designing systems, complex tools, user research and social interfaces and is currently working with the Anti Defamation League's Center for Technology and Society. She was a founding member of the IA Institute, former chief editor of Boxes and Arrows for 5 years and is co-author of the book Designing Social Interfaces, 2nd and 1st editions, published by O’Reilly Media. She holds a BFA in Communication Design from East Carolina University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. She has been working in digital interactive spaces since 1993.

She is also the Chair of the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts where she teaches History of Interaction Design, among other classes. She spends a lot of time wondering about the stories we aren't hearing.

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