Designing Cognitively Convivial Physics for Dynamic Visual Information Substrates

Jim Hollan, Arvind Satyanarayan

Abstract

The historical moment in time when people worked in front of a single computer has passed. Computers are now ubiquitous and are being embedded in virtually every new system, with the internet providing connection to ever-expanding information resources with previously unimaginable computational power. Yet with all the increases in capacity, speed, and connectivity, information-based activities too often remain difficult, awkward, and frustrating. Even after six decades of design evolution there is little of the naturalness and contextual sensitivity needed for convivial interaction with information in the myriad areas now intertwined with computers. We propose a dynamic visual information substrate designed to radically ease information-based tasks by operating in accordance with cognitively motivated physics sensitive to tasks, personal and group interaction histories, and context.

Citation

Designing Cognitively Convivial Physics for Dynamic Visual Information Substrates

Jim Hollan, Arvind Satyanarayan

Extended Abstracts of ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2018.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{2018-towards-cognitively-convivial-info-physics,
 title = {{Designing Cognitively Convivial Physics for Dynamic Visual Information Substrates}},
 author = {Jim Hollan AND Arvind Satyanarayan},
 booktitle = {Extended Abstracts of ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)},
 year = {2018},
 url = {http://vis.csail.mit.edu/pubs/towards-cognitively-convivial-info-physics}
}

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