Table of Contents

VOLUME XIX.1 January + February 2012

  • Demo Hour
    • Demo hour

      Rhett Russo, Katrin Mueller-Russo, Clemens Winkler, Kärt Ojavee, Eszter Ozsvald, James Charlton, Nico Refiti

      T-Stool Our interest in the traditional Chinese ceramic tea stool influenced the design of the T-Stool. The design is based upon the cylindrical form of a hollow vessel, which is strong in compression. Textile played an important role during the fabrication process. The form is generated through the manual…

  • Blogpost
    • No more worshiping at the altar of our cathedrals of business

      Richard Anderson

      I've been reviewing an excellent manuscript for a book on design thinking and reading about a new game and kit developed by IDEO to help explain it. These things delight me, as for years I've been focused on expanding the role of design/UX to be a full participant in…

  • Departments
    • SIGCHI

      Gerrit van der Veer

      As we prepare for CHI 2012, slated for May 5-10 in Austin, TX (submission deadline is January 9; check for updates), the Conference Management Committee, chaired by Scooter Morris, is building our future. In 2013 we are solidly booked for Paris; 2014 will welcome us in Toronto; and…

    • Community calendar 2012

      interactions Staff

      January 2012 AUIC 2012: The 13th Australian User Interface Conference (Melbourne, Australia) Conference Date: January 30–February 2, 2012 February 2012 Interaction12 (Dublin, Ireland) Conference Date: February 1–4, 2012 ServDes2012: Third Service Design and Service Innovation Conference (Espoo, Finland) Conference Date: February 8–10, 2012 IUI: International…

  • Columns
    • More than a feeling

      Elizabeth Churchill

      Mildly irritated. Frustrated. Somewhat annoyed. Profoundly agitated. This was the trajectory of feeling I experienced this afternoon as I ascended and descended a customer-service phone tree in the hopes of reaching a human who could (or would) answer my question. As I reached a flushed state of agitation, I…

    • Old hat

      Jonathan Bean, Daniela Rosner

      Craft is enjoying a renaissance. Visit a hip neighborhood in Portland, Brooklyn, or San Francisco, and the signs are everywhere—most likely, painstakingly hand-lettered on a chalkboard. Take a walk down a street in these cities and you'll likely find the opportunity to learn to make pickles and enjoy some…

    • Beneath the layers in nature, resilient life. Beneath the layers in artifacts, lifeless components.

      Meredith Elzea

      Image Contributor: Meredith Elzea Genre: Digital imagery as reflection on the differences between the natural and artificial worlds. ©2012 ACM1072-5220/12/0100$10.00 Permission to make digital or hard copies of all or part of this work for personal or classroom use is granted without fee provided that copies are not…

  • Day in the Lab
    • Digital interaction research @ Culture Lab

      Peter Wright, Patrick Olivier

      Digital interaction research @ Culture Lab

      What is Culture Lab? Culture Lab is a beautiful building dating back to 1889, when it was the Grand Assembly Rooms. In 2006 it was renovated and transformed into Newcastle University's center for interdisciplinary research in digital media. Although the Digital Interaction Group makes up the bulk of Culture…

  • Forums
    • Physical prototyping of an on-outlet power-consumption display

      Florian Heller, Jan Borchers

      Physical prototyping of an on-outlet power-consumption display

      Less than a year ago, the tsunami in Japan reminded us what we like to forget: how dangerous producing electricity can be. In the Western world, electricity has become such an omnipresent source of power that most of us think of it only when the monthly bill needs to…

    • Local connections

      Tim Coughlan, Janet van der Linden, Anne Adams

      Local connections

      Historical artifacts, places, characters, and stories exist in all of our local communities, yet they are often ignored, or seem invisible, as we go about our daily lives. At the same time, it may seem as if our sense of local community is slipping away, and that modern technologies…

    • Designing interactive systems in healthcare

      Madhu Reddy, Lena Mamykina, Andrea Grimes

      Health information technology (HIT) has the enormous potential to transform healthcare by positively affecting quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. However, despite ongoing efforts by many government agencies, HIT continues to experience low levels of adoption [1]. Moreover, a growing body of research questions its impact on medical care [2], for…

    • Why the CHI community should be involved in standards

      Arnie Lund, Jean Scholtz, Nigel Bevan

      We all realize that standards are good. For example, consider when something in your house breaks and you need to find a replacement part. What size does the part need to be? Will we be able to attach it successfully without needing a machine shop? Standards are great for…

    • Design case study

      William Newman

      William Newman's definitive and engaging article reveals that something we take for granted now was once one possibility of many. Recognizing this can provide a deeper perspective on design choices we face today. Newman is a meticulous student of history who created some of that history himself, working with…

    • A taxonomy of models used in the design process

      Joanne Mendel

      Only a few authors have assembled collections of design tools. In this article, Joanne Mendel proposes a taxonomy of models, grouped according to their use in a four-phase design process. Readers may be interested in similar projects, listed in the sidebar accompanying this article.—Hugh Dubberly Models are increasingly important…

  • Features
    • Architectural robotics, inevitably

      Mark Gross, Keith Green

      Architectural robotics, inevitably

      Information and communication technologies (ICT) extend a long line of emerging technologies that have reshaped our built environment and, consequently, society, over millennia. In antiquity, Roman arches afforded greater freedom of movement, physically and socially. In the Middle Ages, flying buttresses allowed light to magnificently penetrate once heavy walls.…

    • Revolutionizing human-computer interfaces

      Neel Patel, Darin Hughes

      Revolutionizing human-computer interfaces

      Human-computer interfaces (HCIs) have lead to enormous advances in both computing and everyday life. Fields from finance to medicine are adopting new forms of interaction between humans and computers to help enable faster and more accurate decisions. Scientists are benefiting from the ability to interact with their data, with…

    • You amateur!

      Eric Paulos

      In almost all the varied walks of life, amateurs have more freedom to experiment and innovate. The fraction of the population who are amateurs is a good measure of the freedom of a society.—Freeman Dyson [1] Listen. In case you didn't get the memo, ubiquitous computing has already arrived,…

    • Slowing down with personal productivity tools

      Gilly Leshed

      As I write this article, numerous other tasks are piling up on my desk, on to-do lists scribbled on my office whiteboard, and in multiple tabs and applications on my computer. I work on these tasks and projects between the meetings and classes lined up in my calendar. At…

  • Cover story
    • Radical atoms

      Hiroshi Ishii, Dávid Lakatos, Leonardo Bonanni, Jean-Baptiste Labrune

      Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) let users see digital information only through a screen, as if looking into a pool of water, as depicted in Figure 1 on page 40. We interact with the forms below through remote controls, such as a mouse, a keyboard, or a touchscreen (Figure 1a).…