Toward a framework for ecologies of artifacts
Proceedings of the 5th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction building bridges - NordiCHI '08
Assuming that an interactive artifact cannot be fully understood by itself due to their increasing number, we explored how individual artifacts are related to each other and how those relationships can be investigated for further design and research implications. This study suggests a concept of ecology of artifacts to describe any implicit or explicit relationships among interactive artifacts in one's personal life. We conducted two types of studies -personal inventory study and an ecology map
... and an ecology map study -to explore multiple dimensions for understanding a personal ecology of artifacts. We expect the knowledge of artifact ecology would help designers and researchers in the field of HCI to create and analyze interactive artifacts considering their dynamic interplays in an increasingly ubiquitous technology environment. Categories and Subject Descriptors H5.m. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Miscellaneous. General Terms Design, Theory Keywords Artifact, personal ecology, interactivity, design requires prior specific permission and/or a fee.