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Month: December 2018

Geertz – 1973 – Thick Description: Toward an interpretive theory of cultures

Summary: Explanation of “thick description” as a detailed, contextualized, and interpretative approach to ethnographic study that provides 1) the grist necessary to understand the meaning people place on actions, symbols, artifacts, etc., and 2) a systematic process useful for cultural theory building.

Gaver – 2014 – Science and Design: The implications of different forms of accountability

Summary: Gaver explores the ways in which science and design are held accountable for the understanding that they each produce. Empirical accountability provides science with the protocols and norms to produce generalizable knowledge. Aesthetic accountability drives design to produce working artifacts with meaning and intention.

Bardzell – 2010 – Feminist HCI: Taking stock and outlining an agenda for design

Summary: This paper introduces the application of feminist critical approaches to the design, development, and critique of human-computer interaction technologies. Bardzell outlines 6 qualities that characterize feminist interaction: pluralism, participation, advocacy, ecology, embodiment, and self-disclosure.