I got Designing Interactions over the holidays and have really enjoyed it so far. I’m not done with it, but I’m done enough to be able to recommend it.
The book looks at the evolution and breakthroughs of interface and industrial design over the last 40 odd years.
The history traces a squiggly line through the invention of the mouse, the graphical user interface, the PC, the laptop, the handheld, gaming, online services, the internet, and beyond. It’s a really interesting look at how this builds on that and that changes this.
The 700-page book is richly illustrated and includes interviews with some of the world’s most important figures in design, product development, design education, and computer science.
(Thanks for the book, JD)