HCI's making agendas

Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Cindy Lin, Silvia Lindtner, Austin Toombs

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In this survey, we examine how making emerged as an interdisciplinary arena of scholarship, research and design that connects entrepreneurs, designers, researchers, critical theorists, historians, anthropologists, computer scientists and engineers. HCI is one among many other fields and domains that has declared having a stake in making. And yet, a lot of what and who defines making is happening outside the familiar research laboratory or design studio. We take this article as an opportunity to reflect on HCI's relationship to making and how this relationship has changed over the last years. Making, we argue, presents HCI with the opportunity to question and revisit underlying principles and long-held aspirations and values of the field. Exactly because HCI and making share some fundamental ideals such as user empowerment and the democratization of participation and technology production, making confronts us with both the potential and the unintended consequences of our own work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-200
Number of pages75
JournalFoundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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