Blogs

  • 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…

  • Designing functional design teams

    Ashley Karr Posted: Tue, January 19, 2016 - 4:10:30

    My Top Three Takeaways from Years of Researching and Designing Functional Teams: Dysfunction in a design is a direct reflection of dysfunction in a team and or organization. People should…

  • Job growth

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Mon, January 11, 2016 - 11:03:16

    Automation endangers blue and white collar work. This refrain is heard often, but could new job creation keep pace with job loss? Some leading technologists forecast that few of us…

  • Heartbreak House

    Deborah Tatar Posted: Thu, January 07, 2016 - 11:30:53

    Years ago, when I read Bernard Shaw’s play Heartbreak House, I didn’t like it and it made me angry. Written before WWI and (not surprisingly) set in England, it focused…

  • Thoughts on the SIGCHI Accessibility Report

    Jen Mankoff Posted: Wed, December 30, 2015 - 11:43:54

    This post is based around the SIGCHI Community Accessibility Report, posted on behalf of the SIGCHI Accessibility Community. Find us at https://www.facebook.com/groups/SIGCHIaccess/ and http://www.sigchi.org/communities/access; contact us at sigchi-accessibility@googlegroups.com. About 15%…

  • Crying wolf

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Fri, December 11, 2015 - 3:58:59

    In a stack of old papers headed for recycling was a Wall Street Journal article subtitled “Managers who fall for their office PCs could be the downside of the computer…

  • Leaning

    Deborah Tatar Posted: Wed, November 25, 2015 - 1:42:23

    I started this series of posts with concerns about the allure of “going west” to my undergraduate students. My concern is about all the students and indeed my own sons,…