Deployments of the table-non-table: a reflection on the relation between theory and things in the practice of Design research

Sabrina Hauser, Ron Wakkary, William Odom, Peter Paul Verbeek, Audrey Desjardins, Henry Lin, Matthew Dalton, Markus Schilling, Gijs De Boer

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Abstract

Design-oriented research in HCI has increasingly migrated towards theoretical perspectives to understand the implications of newly crafted technology in everyday life. However, in this context, the relations between theory and understanding the things we make are not always clear, especially the degree to which the nature of research artifacts is revealed through or determined by theory. We examine a series of field deployment studies we conducted with our research artifact table-non-table over the course of four and a half years that we came to see as a postphenomenological inquiry. Importantly, our interpretations of this artifact, methodological concerns, and theoretical groundings evolved over time. We account for and critically reflect on these shifts in the relationship between theory and our design artifact. We detail how theory was enacted and embodied in our design research practice and offer insights into the complex relations between theory and things in design-oriented HCI research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationengage with CHI
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5620-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Apr 2018
Event2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018 - Montreal, Canada, Montreal, Canada
Duration: 21 Apr 201826 Apr 2018
Conference number: 36
http://chi2018.acm.org
https://chi2018.acm.org/

Conference

Conference2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2018
Abbreviated titleCHI '18
CountryCanada
CityMontreal
Period21/04/1826/04/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Design theory
  • Field studies
  • Postphenomenology
  • Research through design

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