Dynamics of Affordances and Implications for Design

Dhaval Vyas, X please assign (Editor), Cristina Chisalita, Alan Dix

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Abstract

Affordance is an important concept in HCI. There are various interpretations of affordances but it has been difficult to use this concept for design purposes. Often the treatment of affordances in the current HCI literature has been as a one-to-one relationship between a user and an artefact. According to our views, affordance is a dynamic, always emerging relationship between a human and his environment. We believe that the social and cultural contexts within which an artefact is situated affect the way in which the artefact is used. Using a Structuration Theory approach, we argue that affordances need also be treated at a much broader level, encompassing social and cultural aspects. We suggest that affordances should be seen at three levels: single user, organizational (or work group) and societal. Focusing on the organizational level affordances, we provide details of several important factors that affect the emergence of affordances.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherCentrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2008

Publication series

NameCTIT Technical Reports
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology
No.TR-CTIT-08-36
ISSN (Print)1381-3625

Keywords

  • METIS-249012
  • HCI
  • EWI-12760
  • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/0033812
  • Physicality Affordance
  • Structuration Theory
  • HMI-HF: Human Factors
  • Meanings &Interpretations
  • Design
  • Artefact
  • IR-64769

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Vyas, D., please assign, X. (Ed.), Chisalita, C., & Dix, A. (2008). Dynamics of Affordances and Implications for Design. (CTIT Technical Reports; No. TR-CTIT-08-36). Enschede: Centrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie.
Vyas, Dhaval ; please assign, X (Editor) ; Chisalita, Cristina ; Dix, Alan. / Dynamics of Affordances and Implications for Design. Enschede : Centrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie, 2008. 19 p. (CTIT Technical Reports; TR-CTIT-08-36).
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Vyas, D, please assign, X (ed.), Chisalita, C & Dix, A 2008, Dynamics of Affordances and Implications for Design. CTIT Technical Reports, no. TR-CTIT-08-36, Centrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie, Enschede.

Dynamics of Affordances and Implications for Design. / Vyas, Dhaval; please assign, X (Editor); Chisalita, Cristina; Dix, Alan.

Enschede : Centrum voor Telematica en Informatie Technologie, 2008. 19 p. (CTIT Technical Reports; No. TR-CTIT-08-36).

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