Supporting Cultures of Making: Technology, Policy, Visions, and Myths

CRIT’s paper based on fieldwork on maker cultures in Taiwan was awarded an Honorable Mention Award (top %5) at CHI 2017.

Abstract: “Recent HCI research has linked social policy to design, e.g., in issues such as public safety, privacy, and …


Interaction Criticism

One of CRIT’s contributions to supporting humanistic based work in HCI is Jeffrey Bardzell’s development of interaction criticism.

“We understand design criticism as referring to rigorous interpretive interrogations of the complex relationships between (a) designs broadly construed to include both …


How the humanities can be applied to support HCI, design, and IT research

Abstract: “Although it has influenced the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) since its origins, humanistic HCI has come into its own since the early 2000s. In that time, it has made substantial contributions to HCI theory and methodologies and also …


Make It (Critical)

The Make It (Critical) card deck is a tool that helps designers consider new ways of ideation by introducing them to speculative and critical designs. The cards challenge designers to break out of their comfort zone and to imagine and …


Persuasive Anxiety: Designing and Deploying Material and Formal Explorations of Personal Tracking Devices

Fractured View

The Fractured View, designed by Shad Gross, employs the act of squeezing as a means of relieving stress, but also employs that action as part of a creative process. Made from liquid latex, acrylic paint, PVC pipe, an FSR sensor …


CRIT members honored with 3 awards at CHI 2015

CRIT members were awarded with three Honorable Mention (top 5%) awards at CHI 2015 (http://chi2015.acm.org/program/best-of-chi/). The awarded papers are as follows:

  • Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, and Lone Koefoed Hansen. “Immodest Proposals: Research through Design and Knowledge.”
  • Austin Toombs, Shaowen Bardzell,

Shaowen Bardzell Gives Keynote at PDC 2014

CRIT co-director Shaowen Bardzell gave the closing Keynote to the Participatory Design Conference (PDC’14) in Windhoek, Namibia last month. The title of her talk was “Utopias of Participation: Design, Criticality, and Emancipation.” The material she presented is part of a …


CRIT Hosts Making Subjects Conference

CRIT, along with its sponsors from the National Science Foundation and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, is hosting a conference, Making Subjects. The conference web site can be found here, and a description of the …


CRIT Professors Part of $12 Million Intel Research Grant

CRIT professors Jeffrey Bardzell and Shaowen Bardzell are part of a new $12 million Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. The Center comprises five universities, including Indiana, California–Irvine, Cornell, Georgia Tech, and New York University. Bardzell and Bardzell …


Research on Techno-Sexuality Accepted at NordiCHI 2012

Three members of the CRIT team – Gopinaath Kannabiran, Shaowen Bardzell, and Jeffrey Bardzell, have a full paper accepted to NordiCHI 2012, the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction that is to be held at Copenhagen …