Designing culturally situated technologies for the home

Genevieve Bell*, Mark Blythe, Bill Gaver, Phoebe Sengers, Peter Wright

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As digital technologies proliferate in the home, the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) community has turned its attention from the workplace and productivity tools towards domestic design environments and non-utilitarian activities. In the workplace, applications tend to focus on productivity and efficiency and involve relatively well-understood requirements and methodologies, but in domestic design environments we are faced with the need to support new classes of activities. While usability is still central to the field, HCI is beginning to address considerations such as pleasure, fun, emotional effect, aesthetics, the experience of use, and the social and cultural impacts of new technologies. These considerations are particularly relevant to the home, where technologies are situated or embedded within an ecology that is rich with meaning and nuance.The aim of this workshop is to explore ways of designing domestic technology by incorporating an awareness of cultural context, accrued social meanings, and user experience.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'03 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA'03
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)1581136374, 9781581136371
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2003 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, United States
Duration: 5 Apr 200310 Apr 2003

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings


ConferenceConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2003
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFt. Lauderdale, FL

Research Group keywords

  • Interaction Research Studio


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