HCI for the Real World
Publication Type:Conference Paper
Source:Proceedings of alt.chi 2009, Boston, MA (2009)
HCI as a field comfortably and unquestionably links itself with
the corporate world. What does this mean in terms of an
ethics of problem choice, meaning the considerations that
influence what types of design projects HCI researchers consider
as important? Using the work of the industrial designer
Victor Papanek, I foreground the agency of the designer. By
undertaking a close reading of a recent publication of a major
corporate research lab, I examine what important social and
political aspects are missing from their vision of the future.
I end by examining the work of the design team Anthony
Dunne and Fiona Raby, describing how HCI can be involved
in the formation of new forms of subjectivity that are not
subservient to a market-based ideology.