On the presentation and production of design research artifacts in HCI

James Pierce
2014 Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems - DIS '14  
This paper reviews diverse examples of "research through design" in HCI. Various forms and functions of design research artifacts are highlighted, including 3 general types: (1) operational design prototypes and products, (2) conceptual and material design studies and experiments and (3) design proposals. The role of both design artifacts and the research publication itself are highlighted. These roles are further explicated through the concepts of verbal articulation, design articulation, and
more » ... articulation, and concept-things. As concluding questions/provocations, the notions of thingly publications, pure design research, and making design research artifacts more public are offered for the HCI community and DIS conference in particular Author Keywords Research through design; design research; design; artifacts ACM Classification Keywords H.5.m. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Miscellaneous. Second, there has been little discussion of how design research artifacts are formally presented to the research community. In particular I argue that the written publication itself and its role in verbally articulating knowledge demands more explicit acknowledgement and discussion. Writings on constructive design research have very recently distinguished "the field", "the showroom" and "the lab" as key contexts (and more generally, key methodologies) for design research [30] . This distinction emphasizes both the importance and possibility of diverse presentation contexts for design research artifacts. Whereas concepts and theories
doi:10.1145/2598510.2598525 dblp:conf/ACMdis/Pierce14 fatcat:qe57wj5uhfdz3goehwvmp435ha