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Letters: Jef Raskin on Cooper (17 Dec 2000)
Iíve seen some nearly useless people in HCI, and Iím sure that if the term Interaction Designer gets used widely, there will be some dumb Interaction Designers too. The name change is no guarantee of ability. From reading his stuff, I think that Cooper is likely to do a pretty good job of designing an interactive system, so long as he stays away from using straitjacket tools like Visual BASIC that encourage you to use out-dated and brain-dead widgets and crude methods of interaction. We agree that tools should never be chosen in advance of understanding the task the user wants to accomplish.
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