HCI and Interaction Design : In search of a unfied language

University essay from KTH/Skolan för informations- och kommunikationsteknik (ICT)

Abstract:

A careful, investigative look at what could be described as “metaresearch” (research on research) within Human-Computer Interaction and Interaction Design reveals that there is an issue regarding the conceptualizing and communication of complex ideas and meanings. The multidisciplinary nature of this field causes confusion and difficulty in expression when disparate terminology from its different fields is used in unison to express ideas unique to it or complex enough to need sketching, gestures or extensive explanation to get the message across.

This thesis argues that creating a unified language that can join these forms of expression is something that could potentially solve this issue, and proposes a blueprint of what such a language would look like, backing its claims using literature research and expert interviews.

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