Some user experience researchers have been wondering what are the theories behind the UX methods and approaches. This, in short, is the reason why we* organized a SIG discussion session at the CHI’11 conference about “UX Research: What theoretical roots do we build on – if any?”.
There were about 70 participants in this session, much more than we expected. This shows there is a need for this discussion in the CHI community. We asked the participants to stick notes on the wall to report which theories they have used or know being relevant for UX work.
A summary of the results of the above SIG session and the following workshop at CHI’12 is now available as slideware. See Marianna Obrist’s summary presentation at Tampere, Finland, 11/2012.
* Marianna Obrist, Effie Law, Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, Virpi Roto, Arnold Vermeeren, Kari Kuutti
SIG: Obrist, M., Law, E., Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, K., Roto, V., Vermeeren, A., Kuutti, K. (2011). UX Research: What Theoretical Roots Do We Build On – If Any? In CHI 2011 Extended Abstracts, pp. 165-168.
Work in Progress: Obrist, M., Roto, V., Vermeeren, A., Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, K., Law, E.L-C., Kuutti, K. (2012). In Search of Theoretical Foundations for UX Research and Practice. In CHI 2012 Extended Abstracts. pp.1979-1984.
Workshop: Obrist, M., Roto, V., Law, E.L-C., Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, K., Vermeeren, A., Buie, E. (2012). Theories behind UX research and how they are used in practice. In CHI 2012 Extended Abstracts, pp. 2751-2754.