The Pilgrimage Goes On... A Conversation with Liam Bannon about Humans, Machines, and their Interactions

Alvise Mattozzi


Abstract: By recollecting memories and experiences of his 40 years career through Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Interaction Design, Participatory Design (PD) and more in general the design of information systems, Liam Bannon outlines a history of the relation between design-related disciplines and social sciences. Based on such history, Bannon explains his long-term engagement with the cultivation of human capabilities through design and reflects, more in general, upon the meaning of human centeredness in design, taking also into consideration contributions and questions proposed by Science and Technology Studies on these issues.

Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW); Participatory Design (PD); Activity Theory; Interaction Design.

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