Pattern Language and HCI: Expectations and Experiences

Abstract

Pattern Language (PL) has been researched and developed in HCI research since the mid-80s. Our research was initiated by the question why something like PL can create such enthusiasm and interest over the years, while at the same time not be more widespread and successful? In this paper, we examine the experiences and expectations that HCI researchers who have been involved in PL research have had and still have when it comes to PL. Based on the literature review and interview studies, we provide some overall reflections and several possible directions on the use of PL in HCI.

Publication

Pan, Y. & Stolterman, E. “Pattern Language and HCI: Expectations and Experiences”. CHI 2013 alt.chi (Juried). Proc. of CHI’2013. ACM: New York. [Paper]

Presentation

Collaborators

  • Yue Pan, School of Informatics, Indiana University
  • Erik Stolterman, School of Informatics, Indiana University

Designerly Tools

Abstract

An assumption behind this paper is that research aimed at improving interaction design practice is not as successful as it could be. We will argue that one reason for this is that the understanding of what constitutes designerly tools is not enough recognized among those who propose new tools for interction design. We define designerly tools as methods, tools, techniques, and approaches that supports design activity in way that is appreciated by practicing interaction designers. Based on a two empirical studies, we have developed a framework and a way of studying designers and their tools. We discuss some insights about what characterizes designerly tools and what kind of implications these insights might have for the further development of tools aimed at supporting design practice.

Publication

Stolterman, E., McAtee, J., Royer, D. & Thandapani, S. (2008) “Designerly Tools”, DRS Conference, July, Sheffield, 2008. [Paper]

Collaborators

  • Erik Stolterman, School of Informatics, Indiana University
  • Jamie McAtee, School of Informatics, Indiana University
  • David Royer, School of Informatics, Indiana University
  • SelvanThandapani, School of Informatics, Indiana University