Interaction Design as a Bricolage Practice

Anna Vallgårda, Ylva Fernaeus

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With this paper we propose bricolage as an interaction design practice. We make the case that bricolage promotes design qualities that are specifically tuned to tangible and material computing practices in that it is highly sensible towards the unstable physical world and proposes a non-hierarchical negotiation of forms. We further show how bricolage can aid design results with strong and rich cultural and material grounding. Finally, we argue how bricolage and mythical thinking can be proponents for new ways of thinking and using technology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction : TEI 2015
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateJan 2015
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3305-4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • Bricolage
  • mythical thinking
  • design practice
  • interaction design
  • tangible computing
  • material computing


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