An annotated portfolio on doing postphenomenology through research products

Sabrina Hauser, Doenja Oogjes, Ron Wakkary, Peter Paul Verbeek

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In this paper, we argue for framing the crafting and studying of research products as doing philosophy through things. We do this by creating an annotated portfolio of such Research through Design (RTD) artifact inquiries as postphenomenological inquiries. In our annotated portfolio, we first provide an account of the postphenomenological commitments of 1) taking empirical work as the basis of the inquiry, 2) analyzing structures of human-technology relations and 3) studying technological mediation. Secondly, we trace these commitments across six RTD artifact inquiries. We conclude with a discussion on how research products can be seen as an experimental way of doing postphenomenology and how HCI design researchers can work with that. As a result, the presented philosophical framing can be leveraged in HCI research to form a deeper and more dimensional understanding of the human-technology relations we craft and study. This also adds a methodological path to moving beyond foci of use, utility, interaction, and human-centeredness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450351980
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2018
Event2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, (DIS2018) - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 9 Jun 201813 Jun 2018


Conference2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference, (DIS2018)
Abbreviated titleDIS2018
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong


  • Annotated portfolios
  • Material speculation
  • Postphenomenology
  • Research products
  • Research through design


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  • Best Paper Award

    Oogjes, Doenja J. (Recipient), 2018

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

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