Archive for August, 2011

August 26, 2011

Technologie, die verbindet!

Hassenzahl, M., Diefenbach, S., Eckoldt, K., Heidecker, S., Hillmann, U., and Laschke, M. (2010). Technologie, die verbindet? Die bedürfniszentrierte Gestaltung von Kommunikationstechnologien für Liebende (und andere, die sich mögen). In Brau, H., Diefenbach, S., Göring, K., Peissner, M., and Petrovic, K., Hrsg., Usability Professionals 2010, S.189-194, Stuttgart. German Usability Professionals’ Association.

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August 17, 2011

All right!

Unsorted mail, overfull garden sheds, disheveled desks – we all know this kind of mess. Now and then, we sort the mail and clear the desk not only to be able to find things again but also to satisfy our psychological need for order and security.

Do/Panik – a student project by Tobias Ellinger and Philip Oettershagen – seduces its user to tidy up the desk. To do so it offers a variety of modes – grids, regions – projected on the desk to stimulate order. But it also acknowledges our imperfection: a panic button just hides the mess when it getsoverwhelming.  Do/Panik suggests that tidying up is not only a chore, but fulfills an important psychological need for security.

August 11, 2011

The dilemma of the hedonic – Appreciated, but hard to justify

Diefenbach, S. and Hassenzahl, M. (2011). The dilemma of the hedonic – appreciated, but hard to justify. Interacting with Computers.

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