User experience and the idea of design in HCI

Peter Wright*, Mark Blythe, John McCarthy

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In this paper we argue that the idea of design in HCI is changing. For many years the design-as-engineering approach has dominated HCI research and practice, but now technological developments and new conceptions of 'the user' require more interdisciplinary conceptions of design. In particular, the turn to experience in HCI has lead us to consider a design-as-craft perspective which we exemplify in this paper by the work of digital jeweller, Jayne Wallace. But our aim is not to supplant one design perspective with an other. On the contrary, we argue that experience design requires a new form of radically interdisciplinary dialogue between different design perspectives that span the arts, sciences and humanities. However, such radically interdisciplinary dialogue is not without its problems and points of contention. We conclude by arguing that not only new conceptual tools but also new HCI curricula may be helpful in achieving this interdisciplinary dialogue.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInteractive Systems - Design, Specification and Verification - 12th International Workshop, DSVIS 2005, Revised Papers
Place of PublicationBerlin, Heidelberg
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783540341451
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Workshop on Interactive Systems - Design, Specification and Verification, DSVIS 2005 - Newcastle unpon Tyne, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Jul 200515 Jul 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3941 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference12th International Workshop on Interactive Systems - Design, Specification and Verification, DSVIS 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNewcastle unpon Tyne


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