Knowledges which are not abstract

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

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Mutual Learning in Participatory Design

I came across participatory design when I was wondering how software like Mediawiki, Firefox or LibreOffice could be produced: The software is understood as being created by by different groups of people: employees, hired by the software’s supporting organizations, volunteer programmers, and user communities with various degrees of involvement …

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Use of artifacts in design projects

This post started as a presentation I gave to a group of computer science students in a HCI class as an invited practitioner. My first intention was to “talk about work”, show some currently worked-on projects and introduce to the order and mess of roles, projects and tasks in software …

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What do plans to do?

"The view, that purposeful action is determined by plans, is deeply rooted in the Western human sciences as the correct model of the rational actor."

– Lucy Suchman in Human-machine reconfigurations: plans and situated actions, p. 27

Plans are deemed to be important. But what do plans do? And what do …

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