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A designerly critique of Activity Theory

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  •  A designerly critique of Activity Theory Kshitiz Anand Laura Brunetti Jason de Runa School of Informatics, Indiana University
  • Overview  Activity theory  Activity: engagement of a subject toward a certain goal  Human activity is mediated by tools  Describes what the individual or group is trying to accomplish
  • Overview • Why did this person come up with this way of thinking?
  • Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.A visually impaired person.
  • Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.to learn about the artifacts on display
  • Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.Lack of knowledge about artifacts.
  • Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.Learning about the artifacts
  • Design Theory • What is a “designerly way of thinking”?  Complexity  Influence  Design judgment  Design in practice
  • Critique  How is it designerly:  Addresses complexity  Influences our design  Judgment
  • Critique  How it falls short  It’s a goal oriented theory  Context  Ensoulment: value vs. meaning
  • Activity Theory vs Design Theory  Context Complexity  Goal-Oriented Open-Ended  Mediation Ensoulment
  • Thank You