Enter the maze

Making computers that treat you right

a heart made from pixels

Computing is about people. Sure, you need technical knowledge, but in order to make a successful gadget or design a bestselling app, you have to know how people work too. Your users have to enjoy using your invention. Fortunately, there’s an entire field of computer science dedicated to improving the experience of using a computer. Human-computer interaction combines technical know-how with psychology, inventiveness and artistry.

In this issue we’re exploring how designers make computers that feel good to use. You’ll read about eating cookies in virtual reality, controlling computers by harnessing invisible airborne electricity and falling in love over video chat. Dive in!