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Temporal representations in human computer interaction: Designing for the lived experience of time

Buzzo, Daniel



Temporal representations in Human Computer Interaction: is a portfolio of peer reviewed papers and media artworks representing several years of investigation, experimental making, and study into the perceptions and representation of time in digital media and Human Computer Interaction (HCI). The lived experience of time is fundamental to our understanding of the world and the work investigates the complex and contradictory nature of time and the powerful effect temporal representations have on health, well-being and perception.
The investigation, methodology and outputs are based in the traditions of interdisciplinary electronic arts, technology research and digital culture. Practice-led, research through design techniques, are used as a means to explore alternative framings of temporal processes. I discuss the importance of temporal experience as a concern for contextual design and consider the models and lived experiences of time and how system-centric representations alter our perceptions of time.
The papers and works (discussed in chapters 4, 5 and 6 and included in full in appendix a) cover three broad areas:
Analysis and discussion of practice and language in HCI related to time;
Experimental designs for temporal objects and media artworks;
Finally through critical artefacts, media art and publications I discuss a new perspective on temporality in design and representation and present a framework for re-assessing how we include time in interaction design.
The framework is designed to be used as a tool to support understanding of the temporality of users, or situations of use, and to assist in translating and re-framing insights into practical outputs for improved design of interactive systems. It contrasts system-centric with user-centric temporal representation, and contributes a new design methodology that is aimed at improving contextual design processes. By increasing awareness of temporal context, and the multi-dimensional nature of user’s temporality, designers can better understand user context when creating truly user centred interactive experiences.


Buzzo, D. Temporal representations in human computer interaction: Designing for the lived experience of time. (Thesis). University of the West of England

Thesis Type Thesis
Keywords time, temporality, human computer interaction, interaction design, user-centred design, media art, video art, digital media
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