Laurel, Brenda (1993). Computers as Theatre. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
At the recent iDMAA 2012 conference, I asked many of the faculty that I met for their recommended readings on the subject of interactivity, in anticipation of my 2013 Interactivity course. Brenda Laurel’s book kept coming up, and a few spoke of it with great reverence. After reading the book, I can see why for some—especially early generation digital designers—the book was so inspirational: it offered what for its time was probably one of the most fully formed humanistic approaches to computers, what Laurel herself calls a “new place to stand when considering the design of human-computer activity” (p. xxi). Continue reading