Laurel: The Art of Human Computer Interface Design

by Carson Reynolds

Laurel serves as editor for a weighty volume of essays on the topic of interface design. It provides an impressive survey of interface design at the time of it’s publication (1990). Many of the essays are collaborations between Apple Computer employees, many from the no-longer-existing Advance Technology Group. The essays are grouped according to various high level categories.

Some of the more interesting contributions are Cypher’s early discussions of programming by example, Crawford’s discussion of the benefits of game interfaces, the aptly named “A Day in the Life of an Interface Designer,” an essay by Timothy Leary, among others. The book reads less like a collection of academic papers and more like an informal document archive from a research lab.