Artifact as theory-nexus: Hermeneutics meets theory-based design

John M. Carroll, Wendy A. Kellogg

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Abstract

We suggest that HCI designs characteristically embody multiple, distinct psychological claims, that virtually every aspect of a system's usability is over determined by independent psychological rationales inherent in its design. These myriad claims cohere in being implemented together in a running system. Thus, HCI artifacts themselves are perhaps the most effective medium for theory development in HCI. We advance a framework for articulating the psychological claims embodied by artifacts. This proposal reconciles the contrasting perspectives of theory-based design and hermeneutics, and clarifies the apparent paradox of HCI application leading HCI theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages7-14
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0897913019, 9780897913010
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Event1989 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Apr 30 1989Jun 4 1989

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other1989 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period4/30/896/4/89

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Carroll, J. M., & Kellogg, W. A. (1989). Artifact as theory-nexus: Hermeneutics meets theory-based design. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1989 (pp. 7-14). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/67449.67452