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Interdisciplinary Interaction Design Info
Paperback: 106 pages
ISBN: 9780982634813
LCCN: 2012920044
email: jpannafino [at]

"Interdisciplinary Interaction Design by James Pannafino fills a huge gap in the training of designers. It's concise summary of critical concepts effectively introduces the designer to the most important concepts. This handy book is a must have for anyone that truly wants to make the most of their career as a web designer and will serve as a launching point to many areas that will pop up throughout their career."
Author of the bestselling book series The Web Designer's Idea Book(s)

"I was so excited to come across this book. It clearly and comprehensively defines the theories crucial to being effective at interaction design. It was a quick and easy read and I learned things I can use to explain to clients and colleagues why their designs should look this way instead of that way. I teach graphic design at the college level and have made this book a required reading! It was written by a teacher and works well with interaction design curriculum. Excellent teaching tool, interesting read!"

Chair, Graphic Design
New Hampshire Institute of Art
"James has put together a collection of easy to understand and incredibly useful insights into Web design and usability. There's something here for everyone - from basic concepts to advanced theory - uniquely presented in a visual way."
Author of Above the Fold: Understanding the Principles of Successful Web Site Design

"An excellent guide to the principals and terminology that anyone new to the interactive discipline will need to know and master over their course of their career ... and also a good refresher to those of us that have been doing it for a bit."

Principal and Managing Partner of The Archer Group

"With Interdisciplinary Interaction Design James Pannafino has created a valuable resource for all interaction designers and those interested in learning about the field. I find myself coming back to Interdisciplinary Interaction Design, it's a very helpful reference."

Web Designer, andCulture

The author of this book, James Pannafino, is available to present at colleges or for conferences. Presentations can be tailored to an institution, organization, or particular audience as needed. Below are two primary examples of where a presentation can be made. All lectures will use visual imagery/reference and will be presented in a professional but lighthearted manner to keep audience interest. The presentation can be in person or done remotely online through Skype. There is no charge for educational and non profit presentations.

Examples of events that this presentation would work for:

  • Places: universities, professional organizations, conventions, corporations, and popular cultural festivals
  • Courses on graphic or interactive design, interaction design, web design, new media design, visualization, or user experience
  • Visual storytelling/narrative events
  • Presentation Schedule

    Nov 21 - THIEL Design LLC, Milwaukee, WI
    Private Corporate Presentation (Synchronized online presentation)
    Nov 06 - HOW Interactive Design Conference 2013, Chicago, IL
    Nov 04 - EdUi 2013, Richmond, VA
    A conference for web professionals serving colleges and universities
    Oct 21 - AIGA Baltimore, INTERACT: A Panel Discussion
    Baltimore, MD
    Oct 18 - 2013 Academic Innovation Conference
    Shippensburg University, PA
    June 06 - Web Conference at Penn State, State College, PA
    Conference Theme: UX: The User Experience
    May 23 - RECAP 2013 at West Chester University, PA
    Conference Theme: Instructional Technology: The New Era
    May 15 - Synapse Marketing Solutions, Lancaster, PA
    Private Corporate Presentation
    Apr 15 - AIGA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
    Apr 6 - BarCamp 5, Harrisburg, PA
    Feb 05 - Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
    Graphic & Interactive Design Department
    Jan 29 - State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
    Interaction Design Class (Synchronized online presentation)
    Jan 22 - Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
    Graphic Design Department

    James Pannafino is a faculty member at Millersville University, Pennsylvania in the Art and Design Department where he teaches graphic and interactive design courses. Before teaching at the college level, James worked as both a graphic and interactive designer in the professional field. His research interests include Interactive design fundamentals, visualization, visual storytelling and digital narrative forms.

    James has presented at conferences at the following institutions and universities: HOW Interactive Design, Fordham University, Harvard University, Maryland Institute of College and Art, Penn State University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

    James's love for communication design and visualization has led him to produce his first book; Common College Sense: The Visual Guide to Understanding Everyday Tasks for College Students The book uses both visual diagrams and written explanations to clearly describe common-sense tasks.