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Reactive is acting in response to a stimulus without proper observation (emotional over mental)
Responsive is taking appropriate action in the moment after discern and differentiate relative priorities (mental over emotional)
Interactive is allowing a two-way flow of information between parties (emotional, mental, and physical)

Interactive Design actually refers to the communication channel produced by certain design, unlike Responsive Design which creates a single reaction controlled by design.
Reactive Design is something completely different, there’s no specific actions needs to be taken in response to design, hence it’s all about emotions, so to speak!

In other words, Interactive Design could be described as a set of Responsive Designs!
To control all possible reactions there must be a well managed flow of information (Information Architecture), and to deliver those reactions there must be a well designed User Scenarios (User Experience).

In case we refer the common abbreviation IxD to Interactive Design as well, then:

IxD = IA + UX

Interaction Design and Interactive Design are not quite similar, in fact it’s a literate issue ..
Interaction Design is designing the objects with which the user can interact (Architectural, Industrial, User Interface).
Interactive Design is designing the communication channel in which the user can interact with objects (Presentation, Visualization, Advertisement).

Alternatively, Interaction Design is essential to Interactive Design, without the interaction objects there’s no place for the interactive channel!

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Have you ever wondered about your career?
About who you really want to be?
Have you reached your goals? have you fulfilled your purpose?
Did you know that there is a major difference between your goals and your purpose?

Unfortunately, most people live and die without fulfilling their purpose, and sometimes without achieving any goals ..
I just mentioned in context that purpose needs to be fulfilled unlike goals which need to be achieved, besides that each one of us has only one purpose and free to have many goals ! don’t you agree ?
You may ask how, and what is the difference anyway?!

Your goals are specific targets you decide to hunt using tactical steps, but your purpose is the one talent waiting for you to find it using strategic thinking, which means you can not decide your purpose !
For an instance, you can decide your profession, where to live, who you marry but you can not decide to be an artist, singer, brilliant, in short, any talented character ..
Actually you can find out, takes time yes, but you will find your own talent if you start searching for it ..
Everyone has a talent, your purpose is to make use of it for the good of mankind ..

If that is quite obvious, then why only few of us have found their purpose ?
Here is exactly where I must speak of opposites, there are many meanings defines our personalities, I’ll pick only the following:

Bravery and Cowardice
Daring and Conservation
Enthusiasm and Reluctance

Only positive meanings from above separate a purpose finder from the rest of us !
Beware of a common trap hides in there, you may fall into the following instead:

Haste and Dawdle
Reckless and Cautious

In this case both meanings positive and negative applies !
If you do, you will not find your purpose, you will deviate yourself far from it ..

Some may find my perspective pretty awkward, may be it is, personally I never looked at it that way ..
What if I’m right? wouldn’t that change someone’s life?
At least ask yourself what is your talent? there must be an answer ..
Just don’t be afraid of finding it, and for those who already know the answer, don’t be afraid of bringing it out to the world ..
Life is short, one day it’s gone ..