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Bridging the theory-practice gap: lessons and challenges of applying the attachment framework for sustainable HCI design


Remy, Christian; Gegenbauer, Silke; Huang, Elaine May (2015). Bridging the theory-practice gap: lessons and challenges of applying the attachment framework for sustainable HCI design. In: CHI’15: Proceedings of the thirty-third annual SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems, Seoul, Korea, 18 April 2015 - 23 April 2015, 1305-1314.

Abstract

Despite significant progress in sustainable HCI towards theoretical frameworks to guide design, there is a gap between theory and practice, so that the impact of such frameworks is limited. As an initial exploration in bridging the theory-practice gap, we conducted a study using one well-established design framework, the Attachment Framework, to evaluate its applicability in use. We conducted a comparative study with 14 designers to explore the effect of the Attachment Framework on design, and evaluated their designs with 10 design experts using a set of six design criteria. Our results indicated a positive effect on the criterion of novelty, with mixed effects on attachment, presentation, aesthetics, usefulness, and feasibility. We contribute a set of challenges in the application of design frameworks to practice and offer a critical reflection on how researchers can more effectively communicate sustainable HCI design frameworks to practitioners.

Abstract

Despite significant progress in sustainable HCI towards theoretical frameworks to guide design, there is a gap between theory and practice, so that the impact of such frameworks is limited. As an initial exploration in bridging the theory-practice gap, we conducted a study using one well-established design framework, the Attachment Framework, to evaluate its applicability in use. We conducted a comparative study with 14 designers to explore the effect of the Attachment Framework on design, and evaluated their designs with 10 design experts using a set of six design criteria. Our results indicated a positive effect on the criterion of novelty, with mixed effects on attachment, presentation, aesthetics, usefulness, and feasibility. We contribute a set of challenges in the application of design frameworks to practice and offer a critical reflection on how researchers can more effectively communicate sustainable HCI design frameworks to practitioners.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:23 April 2015
Deposited On:29 May 2015 07:07
Last Modified:28 Aug 2017 00:30
Publisher:ACM
ISBN:978-1-4503-3145-6
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702567
Official URL:http://dl.acm.org/ft_gateway.cfm?id=2702567&ftid=1564929&dwn=1&CFID=678749320&CFTOKEN=30279579
Related URLs:http://chi2015.acm.org/ (Organisation)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:11674

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