Jon Kolko’s Thoughts on Interaction Design takes a very different and quite enjoyable approach. This is a book explicitly for Thinkers, not Makers. It is a book about semiotics and phenomenology; the meaning of language and the creation of desire. Kolko and his co-writers take a step back to think deeply about why we design, and what design can and should be.
This book also tackles the difficult and mostly unexplored questions of what is design, and how does it fit in the world of technology and software development. If design is ultimately about people, how does it work in an engineering process? The writers strongly encourage designers to embrace their roles as problem solvers, master communicators and thought leaders.
Reading this book ultimately renewed my sense that design is about more than making meaningly tasks slightly easier to perform or convincing consumers to buy more crap. At its very best, Design is about making the world a better place.