Magic Ink: Information Software and the Graphical Interface

“The ubiquity of frustrating, unhelpful software interfaces has motivated decades of research into ‘Human-Computer Interaction’. In this paper, I suggest that the long-standing focus on ‘interaction’ may be misguided. For a majority subset of software, called ‘information software’, I argue that interactivity is actually a curse for users and a crutch for designers, and users’ goals can be better satisfied through other means.” (Bret Victor)

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