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<i>Constructive design research</i> is a form of research where design activity is a central research activity. One type of constructive design research is critical design, which seeks to disrupt or transgress social and cultural norms. Critical design's advocates have turned to <i>critical theory</i> as an intellectual resource to support their approach.(More)
FEATURE The user now has an explicit and visible representation inside the screen as well. This representation has different names, including " profile " and " avatar, " and it is ultimately through this representation of the self, rather than the " real " self sitting in " meat space, " that people interact with data, systems, and one another in(More)
The paper offers theoretical support for research through design (RtD) by arguing that in order to legitimize and make use of research through design as research, HCI researchers need to explore and clarify how RtD objects might contribute to knowledge. Leveraging the tradition of aesthetics in the arts and humanities, we argue that while the intentions of(More)
Though interaction designers critique interfaces as a regular part of their research and practice, the field of HCI lacks a proper discipline of interaction criticism. By interaction criticism I mean rigorous interpre-tive interrogations of the complex relationships between (a) the interface, including its material and perceptual qualities as well as its(More)
In the past decade, HCI has become increasingly preoccupied with the deeply subjective qualities of interaction: experience, embodiment, pleasure, intimacy, and so on, an agenda sometimes grouped under the heading of "third-wave HCI"."Analytically understanding and designing for such qualities has been an ongoing challenge to the field, in part because its(More)
We examine the recent move from a rhetoric of &#8220;users&#8221; toward one of &#8220;makers,&#8221; &#8220;crafters,&#8221; and &#8220;hackers&#8221; within HCI discourse. Through our analysis, we make several contributions. First, we provide a general overview of the structure and common framings within research on makers. We discuss how these statements(More)
HCI research has both endorsed "making" for its innovation and democratization capacity and critiqued its underlying technosolutionism, i.e., the idea that technology provides solutions to complex social problems. This paper offers a reflexive-interventionist approach that simultaneously takes seriously the critiques of making's claims as technosolutionist(More)