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Design Critique Of Activity Theory

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A designerly critique of Activity Theory

A designerly critique of Activity Theory

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    • 1.  A designerly critique of Activity Theory Kshitiz Anand Laura Brunetti Jason de Runa School of Informatics, Indiana University
    • 2. 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
    • 3. Overview • Why did this person come up with this way of thinking?
    • 4. Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.A visually impaired person.
    • 5. Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.to learn about the artifacts on display
    • 6. Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.Lack of knowledge about artifacts.
    • 7. Activity Theory in Action • Activity trying to support? Exploring an art museum.Learning about the artifacts
    • 8. Design Theory • What is a “designerly way of thinking”?  Complexity  Influence  Design judgment  Design in practice
    • 9. Critique  How is it designerly:  Addresses complexity  Influences our design  Judgment
    • 10. Critique  How it falls short  It’s a goal oriented theory  Context  Ensoulment: value vs. meaning
    • 11. Activity Theory vs Design Theory  Context Complexity  Goal-Oriented Open-Ended  Mediation Ensoulment
    • 12. Thank You

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