Blogs

  • Oh, the places I will go

    Joe Sokohl Posted: Fri, April 29, 2016 - 1:26:16

    Over the decades conferences, symposia, webinars, and summits all have formed critical portions of my professional development. I learned about controlled vocabularies and usability testing and the viscosity of information…

  • Violent groups, social psychology, and computing

    Juan Pablo Hourcade Posted: Mon, April 25, 2016 - 2:55:12

    About two years ago, I participated in the first Build Peace conference, a meeting of practitioners and researchers from a wide range of backgrounds with a common interest in using…

  • Collateral damage

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Tue, April 05, 2016 - 1:06:20

    Researchers are rewarded for publishing, but this time, my heart wasn’t in it.It was 2006. IBM software let an employer specify an interval—two months, six months, a year—after which an…

  • Extremes of user experience and design thinking: Beards and mustaches

    Aaron Marcus Posted: Fri, March 25, 2016 - 11:04:27

    The characteristics that differentiate us human beings, and at the same time unite people from different regions of the world is a matter that fascinates me. Recently, I had a…

  • Designing the cognitive future, part IX: High-level impacts

    Juan Pablo Hourcade Posted: Tue, March 22, 2016 - 10:27:21

    In previous blog posts I have been writing about how interactive technologies are changing or may change our cognitive processes. In this post I reflect on the high-level impact of…

  • Critiquing scholarly positions

    Jeffrey Bardzell Posted: Tue, March 15, 2016 - 12:13:32

    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…

  • Technological determinism

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Wed, March 09, 2016 - 1:21:43

    Swords and arrows were doomed as weapons of war by the invention of a musket that anyone could load, point, and shoot. A well-trained archer was more accurate, but equipping…

  • How efficient can one be? Productivity and pleasure in the 21st century

    Aaron Marcus Posted: Wed, February 17, 2016 - 11:40:51

    Once, I had to take part in an international conference call at 9 a.m. West Coast time, but I had also scheduled my semi-annual dental appointment at 9 a.m. What…

  • A dark pattern in humanistic HCI

    Jeffrey Bardzell Posted: Tue, February 09, 2016 - 3:52:11

    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…

  • Wrong about MOOCs

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Thu, January 28, 2016 - 4:04:01

    This blog began in January 2013. There was a quid pro quo: You take the time to read my informal posts on a range of topics, I post observations only…