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Susanne Bødker

Use is everywhere and changing: Analysis and design with the Human-Artifact Model

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Using the Human-Artifact Model, this paper is revisiting the current implications for design of ubiquity, of use being everywhere, and technological artifacts replacing and supplementing one another. I look back on seamlessness and boundary-crossing as design ideals for these kinds of technologies. Based on the dialectical methods of activity theory, I offer an alternative analysis where seamlessness and seamfulness are considered as dialectical pairs, always in play in use and appropriation of technological artifact. Using the Human-Artifact Model, the paper offers more specific dialectics on the levels of activity, action and operation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 29th Annual European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication year2011
ISBN (print)978-1-4503-1029-1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. ECCE 2011 - Rostock, Germany
Duration: 24 Aug 201126 Aug 2011


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. ECCE 2011

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