Context

Context

All literature on this page focuses on how societal and technological changes influence product use.

  • Dorrestijn, S. (2010) “Design your own life: Over ethiek en gebruisvriendelijk ontwerpen”. In: M. Huijer & M. Smits (red.), Moralicide: Nieuwe morele vocabulaires voor technologie. Kampen: Klement, pp. 90-104.
    About the integration of concepts from the philosophy of technology in design, showing how the interest of the ethics and design for usability combine.
    technology, ethics, philosophy, behaviour steering
  • Dorrestijn, S., “Design and Ethics of Product Impact on User Behavior and Use Practices”. In: M. Schneider et al. (ed.), Workshops Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments: Volume 4. Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. Amsterdam: IOS, 2009, pp. 253-260.
    Introductory paper about product impact on user behaviour in relation to ethics and design for usability.
    technology, ethics, philosophy, behaviour steering
  • Dorrestijn, S. (2008) “Utopie en design“, Webpublication Nederlands-Vlaamse Filosofiedag 2008: Utopie en verbeelding, Hoger Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte, Leuven.
    Paper about influencing behavior in the history of design, showing earlier attempts to guide and change user behaviour by design.
    technology, ethics, philosophy, behaviour steering, utopic design, design history
  • McLuhan, M. (2003) “Understanding media“,  Ginko Press
    Pioneering research on how technology changes humans.
    technical mediation, ‘medium is the message’, ‘global village’
  • Winner, Langsdon (1980):. “Do Artefacts Have Politics?” Daedalus 109, pp  121-36.
    Key publication showing the importance of the influence of products on humans for politics and ethics.
    technology, ethics, behaviour steering
  • Flusser, V. (1999) The shape of things. London: Reaktion Books.
    A collection of provocative, short philosophical essays about the influence of technology on humans and on society.
    society, technology
  • Latour, B. 1992. “Where are the Missing Masses“. In Bijker, W.E. and J. Law, eds. “Shaping Technology Building Society”. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press
    Key publication about product impact on user behaviour, introducing the notion of ‘script’ for understanding how design prescribes user behaviour.
    technology, script, influencing behaviour
  • Fogg, B.J. (2002) “Persuasive Technology: Using Computers to Change What We Think and Do (Interactive Technologies)“, Morgan Kaufmann
    Key publication about product impact on user behaviour, introducing the notion of ‘persuasive technology’ for understanding how technology (ICT’s) change behaviour and attitudes.
    persuasive technology
  • Verbeek, P. (2005)”What Things Do: Philosophical Reflections on Technology, Agency, And Design“, Pennsylvania State Univ Press
    This book gives a deep insight into the relevance of the discipline of technology philosophy and in industrial design engineering; about the applicability of theories.
    technical mediation, empirical philosophy, design
  • Dant, T. (2004) Materiality and society, Maidenhead. Open University Press.
    Historical and sociological research into the relation between technology and society, rather accessible for designers as well.
    sociology , design, material interaction
  • Rust, R. T., D. V. Thompson and R. W. Hamilton (2006) “Defeating feature fatigue.” Harvard Business Review 84 (2): 98-107.
    Reporting an experiment that shows that before use people prioritize functionality over usability, while after having used the product this preference may flip.
  • Kuijk, J.I. van (2007). Waarom Werkt het niet Gewoon? Gebruiksgemak in het Productontwikkelingsproces. Product Magazine, Media Business Press, Rotterdam. Tijdschrift voor Ergonomie. Nederlandse vereniging voor ergonomie. ISBN 0921-4348.
    Article (in Dutch) outlining the problem of usability in product development practice and the setup of Jasper van Kuijk’s PhD research project.
    practice, case study, user-centred design, company
  • Kuijk, J.I. van (2008) Maak het jezelf makkelijk: in 8 stappen naar een gebruiksvriendelijk product. Tijdschrift voor Ergonomie Jaargang 33, 2008 : nummer 1, februari. (Make It Easy On Yourself: How to Purchase an Easy to Use Product in 8 Steps (In Dutch)).
    A  step-by-step guide (in Dutch, English translation available) to enable consumers to purchase a usable product.
    consumer behaviour, sales