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Theory and Practice in UX Research: Uneasy Bedfellows?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Marianna Obrist, Emeritus Professor Pete Wright


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We believe that it is time to talk about user experience and its theoretical roots as well as about the relationship between theory and practice in UX research. Although user experience is overused as a buzzword, it defines a main step change in the evolvement of the HCI field and deserves a proper (theoretical) attention. Within this panel we follow up on discussions on the theoretical foundations and the value of theory for HCI and UX research from over the last years. In particular we want to go a step further and strengthen the interdisciplinary dialogue on the relationship between theory and practice when talking about user experience. We invited panelists from academia and industry to join a fruitful dialogue talking about the different perspectives on user experience, theoretical roots, and the relevance of theory for practice and vice versa. Two moderators will ensure that the audience gets their beliefs and thoughts across to the panelists as well.

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Author(s): Obrist M, Wright PC, Kuutti K, Rogers Y, Hook K, Pyla PS, Frechin JL

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI EA '13: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2013

Pages: 2433-2438

Publisher: Association for Computing Machinery


DOI: 10.1145/2468356.2468795

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ISBN: 9781450318990