Dynamics, Multiplicity and Conceptual Blends in HCI

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Discussions on what makes user interfaces "natural" or "intuitive" have led researchers to apply Fauconnier and Turner's theory of Conceptual Blends to explain how users rely on familiar and real-world concepts when they learn to use new digital technologies - as a blend of experiences from the "physical" and the "digital" world. This pursuit has multiple challenges of which we address four: The continuous dynamic development of experiences; the multiplicity and complexity involved; the distinction between "real" and "virtual" experiences, and finally applying descriptive concepts predictively. Based on our background in activity theoretical HCI we discuss two cases to nuance the discussion of conceptual blends and HCI. We provide an understanding of conceptual blends beyond onetoone static blends, and immediately recognizable concepts. We focus on multiplicity, dynamics and learning, and in that we provide a more advanced methodological scaffolding of analyses of conceptual blends, hence we propose that designers need to seed blends in design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2016 - Proceedings, 34th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages11
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3362-7
ISBN (Electronic)9781450333627
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - California, San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016


ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose


  • Activity theory
  • Conceptual Blends
  • Interaction design


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