The main contribution of the workshop will be a deeper understanding of how HCI methods are transferred across a range of design contexts, which may be distinguished by application domain or project or organizational constraints. These deeper understandings will be grounded in case studies submitted to the workshop. The workshop will explore transferring “methods-as-configurable-combinational-resources” (Woolrych et al. 2011), which involves analysis, appropriation, adaptation and synthesis of re-usable resources. We will use NARRATIVES to expose the complexity of the following:

  • Perception and assessment of the role of methods in real-life design and evaluation settings:

  • How do HCI professionals plan, resource and apply a (combination of) HCI method(s) to meet the goals and needs of a specific project and client? 

  • Which re-usable resources are found most crucial for supporting high design quality work?

  • If any re-usable resource proves to be inadequate in some context, how do HCI professionals deal with this?

  • Externalization of HCI professionals’ repertoire for modifying resources of an existing HCI method by taking into account contextual factors of a new project: 

  • How do HCI professionals modify re-usable resources for the method(s) that they normally use when transferring to a new usage context?

  • How do HCI professionals apply their repertoire (i.e. HCI knowledge, skills, strategies, tools, and techniques) to guide resource selection, modification and combination?

  • Which changes of contextual factors across different projects/organizations are perceived more relevant for informing which resources of a HCI method are to be modified and how?

  • Compatibility with new contexts:

  • Which re-usable HCI resources method have proven to be robust (i.e. requiring no change yet remaining useful) or volatile (i.e. entailing substantial modification) when applied across usage contexts?

  • Which resources for existing HCI approaches, modified or otherwise, have been (in)compatible with new usage contexts (e.g. social media)?

Types of Contribution:

For this workshop, we invite:

  • UX practitioners to submit Case Studies of (un)successful transfer of HCI methods from ‘old’ to ‘new’ interaction design contexts.

  • UX researchers with theoretical positions on the nature of interaction design work to submit Position Papers on frameworks for understanding methods, approaches and re-usable resources and their relation to design work in specific project settings.

Accepted case studies and theoretical positions will provide a corpus for analysis at the CHI workshop. We will focus on the design work required to get HCI methods to work, and how this is impacted by contextual factors such as application domains, organizational factors and project constraints.

Of particular interest for this workshop is the relationship between specific re-usable methodological resources and their commoditization into design ‘methods’ on the one hand, and the realities of UX work on the other. The work required to bridge theory and practice is a key focus.

Guidelines and a template are provided for describing a case study (4-6 pages, SIGCHI format). An audio recording of 15-20 minutes is an alternative format. Submissions are to be sent to Effie Law per email <> by 11th January 2013.  Author notifications will be announced by 8th February 2013. All workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main conference. The reason for this policy is that workshops are part of the CHI conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same location at the same time.


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