Humanistic HCI as an Approach to Critical Computing

ABSTRACT

Although it has influenced the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) since its origins, humanistic HCI has come into its own since the early 2000s. In that time, it has made substantial contributions to HCI theory and methodologies and also had major influence in user experience (UX) design, aesthetic interaction, and emancipatory/social change-oriented approaches to HCI. 

In this presentation, Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell synthesize humanistic HCI from their point of view. In particular, they focus on several major types of humanistic approaches (or methodologies) that have characterized their research, including interaction criticism, blended social scientific and critical-interpretative approaches, critical discourse analysis, critical design, and feminist utopian design. They reflect on qualities and attitudes underlying all of them, as a way of teasing forward what “humanistic HCI” might mean. They also reflect on how to further support humanities-informed researchers as a community of practice within HCI. 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Jeffrey Bardzell is an Associate Professor of HCI/Design in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University - Bloomington. His research foci include critical design, interaction criticism, and digital creativity, which he approaches from a humanistic perspective. He is the co-author of Humanistic HCI (Morgan Claypool, 2015) and co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, in press).

Shaowen Bardzell is an Associate Professor of Informatics at Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing. Bardzell’s research explores the contributions of design, feminism, and social science to support technology’s role in social change. Recent research foci have included criticality in design, care ethics and feminist utopian perspectives on interaction design, and culture and creative industries in Asia. She is the co-author of Humanistic HCI (Morgan Claypool, 2015) and co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, in press).