"Like Shangri-la, like mathematic, like every story ever told or sung, a mental geography of sorts has existed in the living mind of every culture, a collective memory or hallucination, an agreed-upon territory of mythical figures, symbol, rules and truths, owned and traversable by all who learned its ways, and yet free of bounds of physical space, and time."
      -Michael Benedikt, architect and author of Cyberspace, 1991
       
Interface & Interaction Design
    There is much that can be said of the way we interact with the Web sites we browse.
  • They provide information.
  • They may provide an experience.
  • They may lead us to other sites.
  • They may be 'sticky' and bring us back.

    As designers, we hope users/viewers will return, but most often people are seeking information rather than experience. Therefore, it is important to provide a good first impression. Studies have shown that people tend to browse sites based on past experience and in an almost geographical way, retaining instances that deliver them to the page or information they need. (Maglio and Barrett, 1997). They view a Web site as 'multidimensional.' (Maglio and Matlock, 1996). This being the case, it's important that a structure be provided to allow for easy access to information and pages. Consideration for the user/viewer should always be kept in mind. Providing multiple ways to access the page, optimizing graphics for shorter download times, and presenting a cohesive and consistent design is an important aspect of interface and interaction design.