That which we call a user, by any other word would smell as sour

(With apologies to Shakespeare, W. Romeo and Juliet. 1595. London)

Introduction

I am intrigued as to whether the classification of the world’s 7 billion individuals as “users” has hindered the success of both HCI (Human Computer Interaction) and the Public Health aspects of Digital Civics. Not that the actual word “users” concerns me,

Continue reading

It's not too late

The wrong path?

Digital user interfaces began with a keyboard and a character-based screen. There were no virtual objects presented, at best a question appeared on the screen and you typed in data.  Technology advanced to the GUI (Graphical User Interface) with a mouse to complement the keyboard –

Continue reading

There are no computers, anywhere

No computers?

When we interact with these technology filled boxes, I see that we are using the box as a proxy for the host of people that brought it into being.  We use this proxy to attempt to understand & respond to the designers’ asking us to choose between which button to click,

Continue reading

(H)CI

Where’s the Human in Human Computer Interaction?

If HCI is concerned about people interacting with technology, about narrowing that gap [1], then why do we witness it failing so often?  I define ’failing’ in this context as where our interfaces do not provide a conduit for us to exploit the technology,

Continue reading