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VOLUME XXV.3 May-June 2018

  • WELCOME
    • Coasts to coasts, Mumbai to Chicago

      Gilbert Cockton, Simone Barbosa

        As editors in chief, we aim to provide general readers with a broad range of content that extends awareness of the past and global present of interaction design (IxD) and HCI. In this issue, Jon Kolko’s cover story looks to design’s long past to identify qualities and practices that…

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  • Demo Hour
    • Demo hour

      Leslie García, Andrés Dómene, Thiago Hersan, Rodrigo Frenk, Marcela Armas, Arcángelo Constantini, Gilberto Esparza, Leo Nuñez

        In 2017, for the first time in SIGGRAPH’s history, the Art Gallery was dedicated exclusively to works by Latin American artists and designers: speculative artifacts that apply digital technologies to critically engage our present and map alternative futures [1]. The exhibition can be understood as an invitation to take…

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  • What are you reading?
    • What are you reading? Paul Dourish

      Paul Dourish

      What are you reading? Paul Dourish

        I’m always a little shocked by just how little space there is in typical academic life for reading. Isn’t that meant to be one of our core activities, along with those other seemingly extraneous activities, writing and thinking. These days, other than a few luxurious days at the end…

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  • Blog@IX
    • My users taught me to read with my ears

      Mario Romero

      My users taught me to read with my ears

        This blog post started as a response to the column What Are You Reading? in Interactions. While there are a number of books I wanted to discuss, the topic made me reflect on how I read. My reading mechanisms have evolved from working with blind people. I continue to…

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  • How was it made?
    • How was it made? PaperMech

      HyunJoo Oh, Mark Gross, Michael Eisenberg, Sherry Hsi

      How was it made? PaperMech

        Describe what you made. PaperMech (aka FoldMecha) is a design system for exploring mechanical papercraft. It enables beginners to design simple mechanical movements by modifying parameters. They then download the parts to build the mechanisms and adapt them into their creations. Our website (www.papermech.net) provides assembly instructions and a…

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  • Columns
    • A pragmatic turn in computer science

      Clarisse de Souza

      A pragmatic turn in computer science

        If I had a magic wand, I would use it to grant HCI a seat at the core of theoretical computer science. This might sound like a strange wish—even a presumptuous one. But I ask for it gently, with a wave of my hand, using the enchanted word Abracadabra.…

    • Is there a fix for impostor syndrome?

      Elizabeth Churchill

      Is there a fix for impostor syndrome?

        “What do you do about stress?” she asked. “What do you mean by stress?” “Well… I feel like I will never fit in, like I’ll never be smart enough. And that makes me stressed all the time. Does that make sense?” The young woman with whom I was speaking…

    • Modeling confidence

      Jonathan Bean

      Modeling confidence

        What is it about the allure of measurement? For the past several years, as I have become more and more immersed in an ethnographic study of high-performance building, my predilection for precision and prediction has peaked. I just spent the better part of a weekend tweaking energy models in…

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  • Day in the Lab
    • The connectivity lab, UMSI

      Edward Happ

      The connectivity lab, UMSI

        How would you describe your lab to visitors? The Connectivity Lab at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) is focused on the question, “How do we solve problems when our A-list technologies are swept away?” Which is what happens during disasters. This lab provides a way for…

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  • Forums
    • An intersectional approach to designing in the margins

      Sheena Erete, Aarti Israni, Tawanna Dillahunt

      An intersectional approach to designing in the margins

        We need to acknowledge, respect, and identify the ways in which participants [from underserved communities] can disrupt research. —workshop participant, “Reflection on Design Methods for Underserved Communities,” CSCW 2017   Insights Recent HCI studies have emerged to account for the experiences and needs of underserved populations [1,2,3,4]. Focusing on…

    • Co-design in health: What can we learn from art therapy?

      Anne Piper, Amanda Lazar

      Co-design in health: What can we learn from art therapy?

        Driven by calls for democratizing design and empowering patients, researchers are turning to methods that involve users more directly in the design process. Methods such as participatory design and co-design provide a way of engaging individuals in the hands-on creation of their own health technologies. However, some of the…

    • The CX Tower of Babel: What CX descriptions tell us about corporate CX initiatives

      Michael Thompson

      The CX Tower of Babel: What CX descriptions tell us about corporate CX initiatives

        While user experience (UX) has its share of fuzzily defined roles, I’m constantly amazed by my inability to use a customer experience (CX) job title to predict that role’s responsibilities. This is both surprising and disappointing. Increasingly, both UX and CX profiles use similar vocabulary: voice of the customer…

    • Human-drone interaction: Let’s get ready for flying user interfaces

      Markus Funk

      Human-drone interaction: Let’s get ready for flying user interfaces

        Many advances in human-computer interaction (HCI) are driven by technological advances. Recently, a new category of devices became small enough, cheap enough, and robust enough to be available for the mass market: drones [1].   Insights Initially, drones were for non-civilian use, but over the past 10 years, they…

    • Sustainability, hope, and designerly action in the Anthropocene

      Roy Bendor

      Sustainability, hope, and designerly action in the Anthropocene

        Being optimistic is hard, and it seems to get harder by the day. Readers of this forum need no reminders, I’m sure, of the severity of our socio-environmental situation, and certainly have no use for platitudes about what needs to be done. As a community, we have been discussing…

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  • Community square
    • ACM SIGCHI/EIT health summer school on user-centered design in e-health

      Gavin Doherty, Åsa Cajander, Jan Gulliksen, Conor Linehan

      ACM SIGCHI/EIT health summer school on user-centered design in e-health

        Building on funding from the SIGCHI Summer/Winter Schools Program (2017), Trinity College Dublin and KTH in Stockholm, with support from Stockholms läns landsting, ran a summer school on the topic of e-health. It took place over the course of two weeks, the first in June in Dublin, the second…

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  • Cover story
    • The divisiveness of design thinking

      Jon Kolko

      The divisiveness of design thinking

        Design thinking is “kind of like syphilis,” wrote Lee Vinsel of the Stevens Institute of Technology in a recent widely shared article [1]. Other popular critical perspectives on design thinking include designer Natasha Jen’s “Design Thinking Is Bullshit” [2] and, as far back as 2011, Bruce Nussbaum’s “Design Thinking…

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  • Special topic: Interact Comes to India: Field Trips as a Culture of Design Praxis
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  • Calendar
    • Calendar

      INTR Staff

      Calendar

        June NIME: International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Blacksburg, Virginia, USA) Conference Dates: June 3–6, 2018 http://www.nime2018.org DIS ‘18: Designing Interactive Systems Conference (Hong Kong) Conference Dates: June 9–13, 2018 http://dis2018.org ETRA ‘18: 2018 Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (Warsaw, Poland) Conference Dates: June 14–17,…

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  • Exit
    • HOSPITAbLe:: New domestic landscape and the geographical shift of care

      Paul Chamberlain

      HOSPITAbLe:: New domestic landscape and the geographical shift of care

        Contributor: Paul Chamberlain Curator/Editor: Rachel Clarke Genre: Critical design, furniture design, design for health, health technology In response to the inevitable future changes to our healthcare, HOSPITAbLe is a collection that challenges and reflects upon an ambiguous future domestic landscape that presents hybrid functionality and confused visual language and…

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