Although he wouldn't hear the term "interaction design" for another decade and a half, Dan Saffer did his first interaction design work in 1985 at the age of 15 when he designed and ran a dial-up game on his Apple IIe, a 2600-baud modem, two floppy drives, and a phone line. And yes, it was in his parent's basement.
Since then, he's worked formally in interactive media since 1995 as a webmaster, information architect, copywriter, developer, producer, creative lead, and interaction designer. Currently, he is an interaction designer at the design firm Adaptive Path.
Dan has designed a wide range of projects, from Web sites and interactive television services to mobile devices and robot navigation systems. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, nonprofits, and start-ups. He holds a Master of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University, where he taught interaction design fundamentals.
A member of AIGA and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), he also sites on the board of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).
Dan lives in San Francisco and can be found online at www.odannyboy.com.
Books from Dan
- Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices (Author)
- From New Riders Press, released July 28th, 2006
- Interaction design is all around us. Whether or not we're aware of it, we experience it all the time. A new discipline in the design field, interaction design is fundamentally about people - about how we connect with the products and services we use, and through...