Published in 2015 by avedition, Interreaction is an introduction to the current media development, particularly in regard to the networking of everyday life and the omnipresence of artificial intelligence (ambient intelligence). The book is seperated into eight parts, an introduction, followed by four parts of theory (media, space, perception, action), as well as a part with best practice examples and a reference section with technical background information.
Overall, the book comprises 217 pages. The book has the format 169 x 252 mm. Besides the two types of images, information graphics and photographs, the book offers MAX/MSP patches alongside the best practice examples. These code snippets break down the principle of each project in the form of simple applications – on-screen or with the help of Arduino & Co.
This book is intended for all those communication designers and creatives who want to know more about the possibilities and limitations in the design of spatial, interactive media. Readers, who want to better understand interactive works – applied or experimental – and categorize them, thus enabling the reader to incorporate the inspiration in their upcoming projects. And also to decide consciously for or against the use of interactive elements in the next conception phase.
Furthermore, the book comes with a meta navigation using pictograms and footnotes. The pictograms help the reader to quickly determine what senses each project adresses and thus compare them on the sensual level. Second, the footnotes enable the reader to jump back and forth in the examples and the corresponding technical background information.
The research, concept and design of the book is part of my master’s thesis in communication design in 2013. After another 8 months of hard work the book was published by avedition in 2015. Thanks to my editor Annerose Bach and Dr. Petra Kiedaisch at avedition.
Thanks to all the designers, artists, design agencies and creative coders who contributed to this work. Without their generous support – providing me with hires images, background information and best wishes – this project wouldn’t have been possible in the first place. Also I want to thank my professors Eberhard Schlag and Brian Switzer as well as Romina Maidel for their help, good advice and believe.