Human Interaction Design Protocol Project

The HIDP Project aims to "invite and educate the two separate, yet equally important fields for graphic design and programming in ways of communicating and solving mutual problems." Nice goal, though the "human interaction design" bit tricked me into thinking I was in the target audience ;)

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Hi Jess:

I want to thank you for putting a little blurb/blog about my project, HIDP, up on your site. But after reading your final comment about feeling you were "tricked into thinking you were in the target audience ;) ", I feel compelled to respond and explain the name and the goal behind the project.

First, I would hope you would consider yourself part of the target audience. While I don't know your complete background, it's fairly obvious you're into technology, programming, etc. You may even have a slight interest in design. I don't know. While this site/project isn't meant to turn programmers into designers or designers into programmers, it is, however, meant to educate and inform. The more these two fields know about each other, the better the understanding of expectations and limitations- ultimately leading to better communication and collaboration between graphic designers and

As for the name, yes, it is something that I've created- but with meaning. Please allow me to explain. The main portion of the site focuses on designers & programmers learning to work and collaborate together- solving mutual problems by working together. This is where the "Human Interaction" comes into play. "Design" is about programmers and technologists fostering an understanding that design can and should play a vital role in their work. Designers (graphic, etc.) can help people in the tech sector in many aspects i.e. interface, experience and even software design. By using the word "Protocol", I simply mean the way designers and programmers interact (and sometimes not interact) with each other. As a person with a graphic design background, I can honestly say that most designers aren't sure how to interact with programmers when collaborating. The word Protocol, of course, has several meanings. But the one have on the home pages ( has specific meaning which relates directly to programmers and computer scientists.

\protocol n 1: (computer science) rules determining the format and transmission of data
[syn: communications protocol] 2: code of correct conduct: "safety protocols";"academic protocol"

Where it says "transmission of data" I like to think that it can mean informational/technical, but more importantly, I like to think it can also mean communicative/verbal data. In turn improving communication between graphic designers and programmers.

By no means do I mean to deceive in anayway, shape or form.

At this time, only 2 areas (Education and Resources) are available for
viewing. Integration and Collaboration will soon follow. Not only does
the site serve as a resource, but a 16 week curriculum is also being
created that will allow for the implementation of ideas, suggestions,
exercises and projects from this site into the classroom, design studios as well as the corporate environment where designers and programmers are interacting more and more on a regular basis.

This project is continually being worked on and improved. If after
looking through the site you feel you have quality, related material
you'd like to submit, you can do so at:

I hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback.

Sean Brennan


I Still Agree With Jess

While I've written to under separate cover, I pointed out that while their site seems to be focused on Interaction Design, as such, I do not consider myself either a visual designer or a programmer (both of whom I consider to be colleagues who should pretty much stay focused on their areas of expertise).

I did ask for clarification as to what they really hoped to accomplish if they were focused on our 'colleagues' rather than 'us'.

Paula Thornton
Interaction Design Strategist