Designing With Blends: Conceptual Foundations of Human-computer Interaction And Software Engineering
The evolution of the concept of mind in cognitive science over the past 25 yearscreates new ways to think about the interaction of people and computers. New ideas about embodiment,metaphor as a fundamental cognitive process, and conceptual integration--a blending of olderconcepts that gives rise to new, emergent properties--have become increasingly important in softwareengineering (SE) and human-computer interaction (HCI). If once computing was based on algorithms,mathematical theories, and formal notations, now the use of stories, metaphors, and blends cancontribute to well-informed, sensitive software design. In Designing with Blends, Manuel Imaz andDavid Benyon show how these new metaphors and concepts of mind allow us to discover new aspects ofHCI-SE.After 60 years, digital technology has come of age, but software design has not kept pacewith technological sophistication; people struggle to understand and use their computers, cameras,phones, and other devices. Imaz and Benyon argue that the dominance of digital media in our livesdemands changes in HCI-SE based on advances in cognitive science. The idea of embodied cognition,they contend, can change the way we approach design by emphasizing the figurative nature ofinteraction. Imaz and Benyon offer both theoretical grounding and practical examples that illustratethe advantages of applying cognitive concepts to software design. A new view of cognition, theyargue, will develop a cognitive literacy in software and interaction design that helps designersunderstand the opportunities of digital technology and provides people with a more satisfyinginteractive experience.
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