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Device Landscapes: A New Challenge to Interaction Design and HCI Research
School of Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
School of Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA.
School of Communication, Ithaca College, Ithaca, USA.
School of Informatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA.
2013 (English)In: Archives of Design Research, ISSN print ISSN 1226-8046 ; electronic ISSN 2288-2987, Vol. 26 (2), 7-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BackgroundThe number of interactive digital artifacts is growing surrounding personal lives, and individuals have an increasing need to describe, analyze, and interpret what it means to own, use, and live with a large number of interactive artifacts. It becomes critical from a design perspective to better understand the relational aspects among multiple artifacts beyond the use of individual ones. In this article, we examine the nature of networks of interactive artifacts and the way people understand and handle these networks. We introduce the concept of device landscapes as a conceptual tool for the analysis and examination of personal networks of interactive artifacts.

MethodsWe describe previous work and discuss the theoretical underpinnings supporting our studies. In particular, we compare and contrast our concept of device landscape to other models of multi-artifact systems with an emphasis on the bottom-up perspective in which landscapes are created by users instead of a perspective given by designers. Also, we summarize and interpret several studies we have completed–including personal inventory study, mapping study, survey, and interview to examine how people perceive and manage their personal device landscapes. Based on our findings we propose a conceptual framework aimed at supporting research on these device landscapes.

ResultsFrom our studies we found that people perceive device landscapes in many different ways and develop their own strategies to manage multiple interactive artifacts, mostly digital devices in use. By investigating high-level patterns from device maps and verbal descriptions, properties and aspects of interactive artifacts are defined to describe the concept of device landscapes.


We also discuss how these personal networks–namely, device landscapes–present new challenges and implications to the interaction design and HCI research community by comparing it to the perspectives of ubiquitous and pervasive computing environments.

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2013. Vol. 26 (2), 7-33 p.
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Keywords Device landscapes, personal networks, interactive artifacts, networks of artifacts, HCI research
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Human Computer Interaction Design
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-102703OAI: diva2:810892
Available from: 2015-05-08 Created: 2015-04-30 Last updated: 2015-08-06Bibliographically approved

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