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Reprioritizing the Relationship Between HCI Research and Practice: Bubble-Up and Trickle-Down Effects
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2014, 725-734 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There has been an ongoing conversation about the role and relationship of theory and practice in the HCI community. This paper explores this relationship privileging a practice perspective through a tentative model, which describes a “bubble-up” of ideas from practice to inform research and theory development, and an accompanying “trickle-down” of theory into practice. Interviews were conducted with interaction designers, which included a description of their use of design methods in practice, and their knowledge and use of two common design methods—affinity diagramming and the concept of affordance. Based on these interviews, potential relationships between theory and practice are explored through this model. Disseminating agents already common in HCI practice are addressed as possible  mechanisms for the research community to understand practice more completely.  pportunities for future research, based

on the use of the tentative model in a generative way, are


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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2014. 725-734 p.
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Interaction design; design practice; design methods; community
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102716DOI: 10.1145/2598510.2598595ISBN: 978-1-4503-2902-6OAI: diva2:813436
DIS 2014, June 21–25, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Available from: 2015-05-22 Created: 2015-04-30 Last updated: 2015-08-06Bibliographically approved

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