Dynamics of affordances and implications for design

Vyas, Dhaval, Chisalita, Cristina M., & Dix, Alan (2008) Dynamics of affordances and implications for design. The University of Twente, The Netherlands.

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Affordance is an important concept in HCI. There are various interpretations of affordances but it has been difficult to use this concept for design purposes. Often the treatment of affordances in the current HCI literature has been as a one-to-one relationship between a user and an artefact. According to our views, affordance is a dynamic, always emerging relationship between a human and his environment. We believe that the social and cultural contexts within which an artefact is situated affect the way in which the artefact is used. Using a Structuration Theory approach, we argue that affordances need also be treated at a much broader level, encompassing social and cultural aspects. We suggest that affordances should be seen at three levels: single user, organizational (or work group) and societal. Focusing on the organizational level affordances, we provide details of several important factors that affect the emergence of affordances.

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ID Code: 69718
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: Physicality affordance, HCI, Artefact, Structuration theory, Design, meanings & interpretations
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Please contact the author
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 00:15
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2014 15:16

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