Experiential Role of Artefacts in Cooperative Design

Dhaval Vyas, Dirk K.J. Heylen, Antinus Nijholt, Gerrit C. van der Veer

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    The role of material artefacts in supporting distributed and co-located work practices has been well acknowledged within the HCI and CSCW research. In this paper, we show that in addition to their ecological, coordinative and organizational support, artefacts also play an ‘experiential’ role. In this case, artefacts not only improve efficiency or have a purely functional role (e.g. allowing people to complete tasks quickly), but the presence and manifestations of these artefacts bring quality and richness to people’s performance and help in making better sense of their everyday lives. In a domain like industrial design, such artefacts play an important role for supporting creativity and innovation. Based on our prolonged ethnographic fieldwork on understanding cooperative design practices of industrial design students and researchers, we describe several experiential practices that are supported by mundane artefacts like sketches, drawings, physical models and explorative prototypes – used and developed in designers’ everyday work. Our main intention to carry out this kind of research is to develop technologies to support designers’ everyday practices. We believe that with the emergence of ubiquitous computing, there is a growing need to focus on personal, emotional and social side of people’s everyday experiences. By focusing on the experiential practices of designers, we can provide a holistic view in the design of new interactive technologies.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Communities & Technologies (C&T'09)
    EditorsJ.M. Caroll
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-1-60558-601-4
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2009
    Event4th International Conference on Communities & Technologies, C&T 2009 - Pennsylvania, USA
    Duration: 25 Jun 200927 Jun 2009

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    Conference4th International Conference on Communities & Technologies, C&T 2009
    Other25-27 June 2009


    • METIS-264096
    • IR-68262
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP6/0033812
    • EWI-16406
    • HMI-HF: Human Factors

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