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  • 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

    Jennifer 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,…

  • Technology and nature

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Fri, November 06, 2015 - 4:00:07

    The black water mirrored the tropical forest above it so perfectly that the shoreline was impossible to pinpoint. The reflection included the palms with cannonball-clustered fruit that had stained the…

  • Multiple scales interaction design

    Mikael Wiberg Posted: Mon, November 02, 2015 - 12:54:10

    ”Attention to details” has always been a key concern for interaction design. With our attention to details we ensure that we as interaction designers think carefully about every little detail…

  • Action and research

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Fri, October 09, 2015 - 6:01:55

    Three favorite research projects at Microsoft that were never written up: automated email deletion, an asynchronous game to crowdsource answers to consulting questions, and a K-12 education tool. I expected…

  • Scripted interaction

    Mikael Wiberg Posted: Mon, October 05, 2015 - 10:51:06

    "Interaction design" is a label for a field of research and for a practice. When we design interactive tools and gadgets we do interaction design. But what is it that…

  • Go West!

    Deborah Tatar Posted: Tue, September 01, 2015 - 4:18:05

    As a professor, I now get to witness young people aspiring to “go West.” They know the familiar trope “Go West, young man,” ascribed to the 19th-century publisher Horace Greeley.…

  • Building troops

    Jonathan Grudin Posted: Wed, August 19, 2015 - 10:44:32

    “Will you miss Khaleesi?” asked Isobel. At that moment, the samango urinated on Eleanor’s shoulder. “Ummm, yes?” Eleanor replied. The primates at the Riverside Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre outside Tzaneen, South…