How HCI interprets the probes

Kirsten Boehner, Janet Vertesi, Phoebe Sengers, Paul Dourish

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Abstract

We trace how cultural probes have been adopted and adapted by the HCI community. The flexibility of probes has been central to their uptake, resulting in a proliferation of divergent uses and derivatives. The varying patterns of adaptation of the probes reveal important underlying issues in HCI, suggesting underacknowledged disagreements about valid interpretation and the relationship between methods and their underlying methodology. With this analysis, we aim to clarify discussions around probes, and, more importantly, around how we define and evaluate methods in HCI, especially those grounded in unfamiliar conceptions of how research should be done.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007
Pages1077-1086
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 22 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event25th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007 - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: Apr 28 2007May 3 2007

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other25th SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2007, CHI 2007
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA
Period4/28/075/3/07

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

Keywords

  • Cultural probes
  • Probes
  • Reflective HCI

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