Interaction Design and the Critics: what to make of the "weegie"

Mark Blythe, John Allen Robinson, David Frohlich

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This paper describes the development and evaluation of “weegie”
an audio-photography desk featuring sounds and images inspired
by the Govan area of Glasgow. It was intended to be an interactive
artwork that would challenge negative preconceptions about the
area. The paper describes two techniques used to consider the
extent to which the piece achieved these aims. The first technique
is the “personal meaning map” and taken from museum studies.
The second is cultural critique drawn from the arts. Building on
Gaver’s [24] strategy of using cultural commentators for
‘polyphonic’ assessment it considers the extent to which
perspectives drawn from the humanities and the arts can be useful
in evaluating design. It argues that a more rigorous understanding
of critical theory is necessary to the development of interaction
design criticism.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2008
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2008

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