Finally Rosenfeld Media published the book I was waiting for since a long time: “Make It So. Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction” inspires with sci-fy interfaces from famous Science Fiction movies like “Brazil”, “Star Trek”, “Alien”, “The Matrix”, “Star Wars”,” Avatar”, “Men In Black”, “Iron Man”, and many more. Oh and yes of course including “Minority Report”.

The authors Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel wrote this book for interface designers interested in learning best practices from sci-fi, understanding sci-fi’s role in design. Sounds great, doesn’t it? The book analyses the different forms of interfaces like mechanical controls, visual interfaces, volumetric projections, gestural interfaces, sonic interfaces, brain interfaces, augmented environments, anthropomorphic interfaces to deduce opportunities, contradictions and lessons learned for each interface type.

All pictures from the book are presented at a flickr site. You can freely use them under the only condition to cite the book’s title, the author’s name, the publisher, date, and the book site’s URL. Here is an example:

Figure 3.14d from Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction by Nathan Shedroff and Christopher Noessel; Rosenfeld Media, 2012., http://rosenfeldmedia.com/books/science-fiction-interface/

The book can be ordered here. It comes as paper back and additionally as pdf-version.

3 thoughts on “Book: Make It So

  1. Das stimmt – ich musste nur sofort daran denken. Habe “Make it So” verschlungen, allein Bruce Sterling’s Vorwort und die Herleitung und Entwicklung der Methoden waren das Buch wert.


    • Danke für den Link, Sebastian. Sehr schöner Tipp, wobei ich denke, dass zwischen den Büchern ein Unterschied besteht. »Make It So« stellt eine Art Interface-Design-Theorie auf Basis von Sci-fy Interfaces auf, während sich Dein Buchtipp um die Frage der Gestaltung von Interfaces (genauer gesagt dem Prototyping) für die Zukunft dreht – richtig?


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