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Activitity as the Ultimate Particular of Interaction Design
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Human-Computer Interaction.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1998-1964
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Human-Computer Interaction. (Människa - dator interaktion)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9324-1994
2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2017, 3390-3402 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the turn towards practice-oriented research in interaction design, one of the most important proposals has been the emphasis on the 'ultimate particulars' produced by design, as embodiments of design knowledge. In current HCI research, those particulars are almost always taken to be ‘things’ – artefacts or singular systems. We argue that this emphasis may have come at a cost that can be described as a loss of identity; interaction design research was never primarily concerned with the design of artefacts, but with how humans act and interact with each other with and through artefacts. We propose a complementary perspective by looking at design projects and traditions where the ‘ultimate particulars’ can be considered to be activities rather than things. The article is concerned with how knowledge needs to be articulated in the scholarly engagement with such design practices. We argue that engagement with activitycentric design gets design research one step closer towards understanding salient contemporary design practices and what Buchanan calls ‘environmental design’.

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New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2017. 3390-3402 p.
Keyword [en]
Research through design; third wave HCI; ultimate particular; activity-centric design; second order design; environmental design
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Human-Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-321574DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025990ISBN: 978-1-4503-4655-9 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-321574DiVA: diva2:1093823
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ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Available from: 2017-05-08 Created: 2017-05-08 Last updated: 2017-05-08

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