Where Do HCI Theory and Practice Meet? (07 Feb 2003)
Much of the work in HCI proceeds in a pragmatic, atheoretical style, employing generalizations at the level of metaphors, guidelines, patterns, and informal principles. Since the earliest days of the field there have been attempts to apply theories of cognitive psychology to HCI design, with some small successes and overall mixed results. Other theoretical frameworks dealing with human thought and action have been proposed as the basis for design, such as activity theory, speech act theory, and phenomenology. Each of these provides a broad orientation to human-computer interaction, and in some cases they have been employed directly in the design of the interactions.This talk is a reflection on some of the specific successes and problems that have emerged in applying theory to HCI design, and see what lessons can be learned from them.
Article URL: http://hci.stanford.edu/cs547/abstracts/02-03/030207-winograd.html
(Terry Winograd (Stanford University))
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