Published: June 21, 2022

Unstable Design Lab

weave“An Introduction to Weave Structure for HCI: A How-to and Reflection on Modes of Exchange,” authored by Assistant Professor Laura Devendorf, director of the Unstable Design Lab, Sasha De Koninck, an ATLAS-affiliated PhD candidate, and Etta Sandry, weaver-in-residence, received a “Best Pictorial Honorable Mention” award at the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '22).

Lead author, Devendorf, presented the research during the Design Theory & Critical Design session.

As HCI continues to integrate craft techniques into its repertoire, tensions have emerged between what is new and known—knowledge that resides in communities and histories rather than individuals—and how to transfer between the written word and material know-how. The researchers explored those tensions through the process of writing and instructing. The project's goal is two fold: first, to help HCI understand the potential that a deep understanding of weave structures can hold for advancing the HCI field, and second, to explore how a pictorial might support formats that have long been used for communicating craft knowledge.



Laura Devendorf, Sasha De Koninck, and Etta Sandry. 2022. An Introduction to Weave Structure for HCI: A How-to and Reflection on Modes of Exchange. In Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’22), Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. 629-642. (June 13-17, 2022—Virtual Event, Australia) [Best Pictorial Honorable Mention Award].