Fundamental questions of HTI and design ontologies: A metascientific analysis

Pertti Saariluoma (Corresponding Author), Jaana Leikas

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    HTI design research is characterized by three basic questions: "Can users use artefacts?", "Do they like to use them?", and "How do they use them?" Firstly, we show that there is an additional basic issue, which is the relevance of technology in life. Secondly, we argue that the design process is essentially about asking right design questions and solving them in a proper way. This means that the leadership of innovative technology companies can construct systematic design process ontologies which begin with the basic problems and other product-independent questions. In practice, it is necessary also to develop product-specific sets of questions and use the ontologies thus formed for managing HTI development. These ontologies enable people to systematically use scientific knowledge for both setting and solving design problems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)559-569
    Number of pages11
    JournalProcedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
    EventFirst International Conference on Leadership, Technology, and Innovation Management - Antalya, Turkey
    Duration: 21 Oct 201123 Oct 2011


    • HTI design
    • interaction design
    • design ontologies


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