Interaction design and the critics: What to make of the "weegie"

Mark Blythe*, John Robinson, David Frohlich

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This paper describes the development and evaluation of "weegie" an audio-photography desk featuring sounds and images inspired by the Govan area of Glasgow. It was intended to be an interactive artwork that would challenge negative preconceptions about the area. The paper describes two techniques used to consider the extent to which the piece achieved these aims. The first technique is the "personal meaning map" and taken from museum studies. The second is cultural critique drawn from the arts. Building on Gaver's [24] strategy of using cultural commentators for 'polyphonic' assessment it considers the extent to which perspectives drawn from the humanities and the arts can be useful in evaluating design. It argues that a more rigorous understanding of critical theory is necessary to the development of interaction design criticism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2008
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Bridges - Proceedings of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, United States
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781595937049
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventNordiCHI 2008: Building Bridges - 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Lund, Sweden
Duration: 20 Oct 200822 Oct 2008

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


ConferenceNordiCHI 2008: Building Bridges - 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction

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