Serving Machines

Actually, my workplace only has filter coffee from a pump pot. But early in 2018 we were gifted “fully automatic coffee machine” which its previous owner no longer needs.

Since I know the person who gifted it, I feel responsible and read the instructions: The machine needs water and coffee …

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On violating the standards of one’s occupation

There are some things that you don't do in an occupation. This might be using lots of glue instead of dowels for a carpenter or nesting several windows into each other if you are an interface designer. These things might be rationally explained: The carpenter might say they want to …

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Agre’s Surveillance and Capture, 26 Years later

This is an edited text based on a talk Lisa Conrad, PhD and me gave at the EASST 2020 in the panel on classic Science and Technology Studies (STS) papers. I think the text is also interesting for computer scientists, design researchers and privacy researchers, so I post it here …

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Knowledges which are not abstract

Whether in books or Wikipedia: A lot of knowledge is presented and edited as text. There is the assumption that this text reflects something about the world (if it is true and not wrong because of deceived senses, bad research, or lying). Such text can be written by a person …

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Learning from Books: Graphic Design

I thought it would be interesting to review what I tried to learn from books in the past. Learning is probably the easiest if you can learn it from a mentor by direct participation. Nevertheless, we put a lot of stuff in books and have people (like me) learn from …

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Rule-based UX Evaluations – undervalued methods

TL;DR: Rule-based evaluations for usability are an efficient way to improve interfaces

There are a lot of designs that could be improved. The “right” way to do this is testing with users while applying the appropriate method for the appropriate questions. After all, User Experience design is an empirically …

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