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On Being Iterated: The Affective Demands of Design Participation

Paul Dourish, Christopher Lawrence, Tuck Wah Leong, Greg Wadley

Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems | ACM | Published : 2020


Iteration is a central feature of most HCI design methods, creating as it does opportunities for engagements with stakeholder groups. But what does iteration demand of those groups? Under what conditions do iterative engagements arise, and with what stakes? Building on experiences with Aboriginal Australian communities, and drawing on feminist and decolonial thinking, we examine the nature of iteration for HCI and how it frames encounters between design and use, with a focus on the affective dimension of engagement in iterative design processes.


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Our deepest debts of thanks are to those from the Bard, Noongar, Tiwi, Gunditjmara, and Eora peoples, as well as contributors from the Jumbunna Institute, who participated in our design studies. Joel Fredericks, Cat Kutay, and Aimee Woods have been key contributors to the project. We are also grateful to Nicola Bidwell, Stacy Branham, Ann Light, Carl DiSalvo, Frank Vetere, and the reviewers for thoughtful feedback on earlier drafts of this paper. The work described here has been supported in part by the Australian Research Council under Discovery Indigenous award IN170100030.