Interaction in Industrial Design is expanding from tangible realms to intangible digital experiences. In this new environment, Interaction Design provides logical sequences and behaviors that allow users to easily navigate through complex workflows. This paper discusses a framework in which interaction design provides an innovative approach to traditional industrial design. This includes the concept of ‘statefulness’, where the dynamic changes of complex systems are broken down into states that can be defined and manipulated in order to achieve a desired user experience. This framework goes beyond having physical components of a product control digital interfaces and develops experiences that jump between physical and virtual realms. The paper also describes how interaction and industrial design collaborations are put into practice in a graduate level studio course, in which students are directed by instructors with expertise in both disciplines, all working together in exploratory assignments.

Date of creation, presentation, or exhibit

Summer 8-16-2017

Document Type

Conference Paper

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


RIT – Main Campus