Beyond ICT: How industrial design could contribute to HCI research

Title: Beyond ICT: How industrial design could contribute to HCI research
Author: Anna Thies, Sara Ljungblad, Iréne Stewart Claesson
Affiliation:

Stockholm University, Sweden, Gothenburg University, Sweden

DOI:  10.3384/svid.2000-964X.15122
First published: 2015-09
Year: 2015
Pages: 22-29
Number of pages: 8
Language: English
Publisher:

SVID, Swedish Industrial Design Foundation/Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköping University, Sweden

Publication type: Journal article
Journal: Swedish Design Research Journal
ISSN: 2000-964X
   

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Abstract

What happens to knowledge related to design activities and skills, when these are primarily understood in the light of Information and Communication Technology?

This paper takes an industrial design practitioner perspective to reflect on the articulation of 'design' in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) research – one of several research fields, articulating and contributing to design knowledge.

The paper critically reflects on the importance of more holistic perspectives for design activities, and the articulation of design in HCI research.

We argue that industrial design practitioners can contribute to HCI research by broadening the design knowledge and the practice within the field not to view ICT as a self-evident part of either a solution or as a tool in the process of specifying the problem or finding a solution.

This may not only improve the articulation of design and design activities, but more importantly point towards an opportunity to support more socially and environmentally sustainable solutions in society.

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