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Design Frictions for Mindful Interactions: The Case for Microboundaries

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Title of host publicationCHI'16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '16
DatePublished - 2016
Pages1389-1397
Number of pages9
PublisherACM
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Print)9781450340823

Abstract

Design frictions, a term found in popular media articles about user experience design, refer to points of difficulty occurring during interaction with technology. Such articles often argue that these frictions should be removed from interaction flows in order to reduce the risk of user frustration and disengagement. In this paper we argue that, in many scenarios, designing friction into interactions through the introduction of microboundaries, can, in fact, have positive effects. Design frictions can disrupt "mindless" automatic interactions, prompting moments of reflection and more "mindful" interaction. The potential advantages of intentionally introduced frictions are numerous: from reducing the likelihood of errors in data-entry tasks, to supporting health-behaviour change.

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  • Design frictions, microboundaries, lockouts, wellbeing, slow technology

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