[SIGCIS-Members] Importance of history to practitioners

Alex Wright alex at agwright.com
Thu Nov 10 12:46:38 PST 2016

Hi Bill,

That's an encouraging anecdote. On a related note, I taught a history
course over the past few years at The School of Visual Art's MFA In
Interaction Design program, which touched on the history of hypertext and
early computer systems as well as more traditional design topics.

If anyone's interested, here's the syllabus:


Alex Wright
alex at agwright.com | www.alexwright.org

On Thu, Nov 10, 2016 at 12:59 PM, McMillan, William W <
william.mcmillan at cuaa.edu> wrote:

> Greetings, all.
> I thought you might like to hear the following.  In a meeting with a small
> software company in Ann Arbor that emphasizes user-centered, agile
> development, a colleague and I asked what subjects should be included in an
> academic program in interaction design.  The firm's chief designer, who
> also has a programming background, said that the most important course
> would be history of computing!
> His justification was that a designer needed to know where all the tools
> and techniques came from before designing current systems.
> His point might be obvious to many on this list, but when professionals in
> the practical world say things like this, it makes it a lot easier to get
> approval in a university to offer -- or even require -- classes like
> history of computing.
> Regards,
> Bill
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