Category Archives: HCI

Design Researchers Need a Shared Program, Not a Divorce

In a 2017 paper, Forlizzi, Koskinen, Hekkert, and Zimmerman called for a “divorce” between “pragmatic” and “critical” threads of “constructive design research” or CDR. At DIS 2018, they have a workshop around the theme of the paper. (Full disclosure: they … Continue reading

Posted in Critical Design, HCI, Interaction Design, Peer Reviewing, Research Through Design | 4 Comments

Why We Turn Away

Why do we as researchers turn away from accepted knowledge, theory, and/or research? I don’t mean rejecting a given paper or objecting to a presentation. I am referring to categorically rejecting a whole knowledge practice, on account that it uses … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Design Process, epistemology, HCI, Humanistic HCI, Peer Reviewing, philosophy, Politics, Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Science | 1 Comment

Critiquing Scholarly Positions

If I am right that HCI and neighboring fields will increasingly rely on the essay as a means of scholarly contribution and debate in the future, then it follows that the construction, articulation, and criticism of intellectual positions will become … Continue reading

Posted in Design Process, HCI, Humanistic HCI, Interaction Design, Research Through Design | Leave a comment

A Dark Pattern in Humanistic HCI

I have noticed a dark pattern among papers that align themselves with critical or humanistic approaches to HCI. I myself have been guilty of contributing to that pattern (though I am trying to reform). But I still see it all the time … Continue reading

Posted in Criticism, HCI, Peer Reviewing, Rant | 6 Comments

The “Knowledge as a By-Product of Artistic Practice is Still Not Research” Objection to My “Criterial Knowledge” Post

I spoke to some colleagues about my earlier post, The Criterial Knowledge Argument for Research Through Design, who are themselves experts in research through design [EDIT: the researchers in question are Jodi Forlizzi and John Zimmerman]. While these colleagues were generally … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Design Process, HCI, Interaction Design, Research Through Design | 12 Comments

The Criterial Knowledge Argument for Research Through Design

NOTE: This post was prompted by a lively discussion on the PhD Design distribution list. Special thanks to Mike Zender for prompting me to flesh this out.. One of the methodological strategies I have been using for the past year … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Criticism, HCI, Research Through Design | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Research Through Design: A Humanistic Conception

Note #1: This is adapted from a post I submitted to the PhDDesign distribution list’s thread on “Research through design.” Note #2: This is a preliminary attempt to formulate the perspective I am developing in my sabbatical monograph, Design As … Continue reading

Posted in Aesthetics, Criticism, Design Process, HCI, Research Through Design | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments