Affordance in interaction

Vyas, Dhaval, Chisalita, Cristina M., & van der Veer, Gerrit C. (2006) Affordance in interaction. In Grote, G. (Ed.) Proceedings of the 13th Eurpoean Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics : Trust and Control in Complex Socio-technical Systems, ACM Press, ETHZ, Zürich, Switzerland, pp. 92-99.

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The concept of affordance has different interpretations in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). However, its treatment has been merely as a one-to-one relationship between a user and a technology. We believe that a broader view of affordances is needed which encompasses social and cultural aspects of our everyday life. We propose an interaction-centered view of affordance that can be useful for developing better understandings of designed artefacts. An interaction-centered view of affordance suggests that affordance is an interpretative relationship between users and the technology that emerges during the users' interaction with the technology in the lived environments. We distinguish two broad classes of affordances: affordance in Information and affordance in Articulation. Affordance in information refers to users' understanding of a technology based on their semantic and syntactic interpretation; and affordance in articulation refers to users' interpretations about the use of the technology. We also argue that the notion of affordance should be treated at two levels: at the 'artefact level' and at the 'practice level'. Consequently, we provide two examples to demonstrate our arguments.

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ID Code: 69903
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Affordance, Design, HCI, Interpretations & Meanings, Structuration Theory, Technology-in-Practice
DOI: 10.1145/1274892.1274907
ISBN: 9783906509235
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2014 00:08
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2014 05:41

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