ISBN-10:
0262194910
ISBN-13:
9780262194914
Pub. Date:
09/26/2003
Publisher:
MIT Press
Tracing Genres through Organizations: A Sociocultural Approach to Information Design

Tracing Genres through Organizations: A Sociocultural Approach to Information Design

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ISBN-13: 9780262194914
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 09/26/2003
Series: Acting with Technology
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author


Clay Spinuzzi is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Texas, Austin.


Bonnie A. Nardi is Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and Cofounder of Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-preparedness, and Information Technology there. She is the coauthor of Acting with Technology (MIT Press).


Victor Kaptelinin is Professor in the Department of Informatics at Umeå University, Sweden, and Professor in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. He is coeditor of Beyond the Desktop Metaphor: Designing Integrated Digital Work Environments (MIT Press, 2007).


Kirsten A. Foot is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, and lead author of Web Campaigning (MIT Press).

What People are Saying About This

Liam J. Bannon

Spinuzzi takes issue with many in the user-centered design community, arguing that much of the work emerging from it implicitly assumes a 'worker-as-victim, designer-as-hero' perspective. To counter this view he argues strongly for an approach that respects and builds on the worker's own agency and abilities, showing how the workers themselves adjust the system in a myriad of ways in order to fit the system to their activities. A thoughtful, and at times provocative, read.

Endorsement

Tracing Genres through Organizations offers communication designers and information architects a fresh and important perspective on users in organizations. Moving deftly between theory and practice, Spinuzzi suggests methods for designing communication spaces that are not merely used but inhabited, adapted, and extended by their users. A must-read.

Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Director, Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication, and Professor of Technical Communications, Clarkson University

From the Publisher

"Spinuzzi takes issue with many in the user-centered design community, arguing that much of the work emerging from it implicitly assumes a 'worker-as-victim, designer-as-hero'
perspective. To counter this view he argues strongly for an approach that respects and builds on the worker's own agency and abilities, showing how the workers themselves adjust the system in a myriad of ways in order to fit the system to their activities. A thoughtful, and at times provocative,
read."--Liam J. Bannon, Director, Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick

The MIT Press

" Tracing Genres through Organizations offers communication designers and information architects a fresh and important perspective on users in organizations.
Moving deftly between theory and practice, Spinuzzi suggests methods for designing communication spaces that are not merely used but inhabited, adapted, and extended by their users. A must-read."
Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Director, Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication, and
Professor of Technical Communications, Clarkson University

The MIT Press

"*Tracing Genres through Organizations* offers communication designers and information architects a fresh and important perspective on users in organizations. Moving deftly between theory and practice, Spinuzzi suggests methods for designing communication spaces that are not merely used but inhabited, adapted, and extended by their users. A must-read."--Johndan
Johnson-Eilola, Director, Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication, and Professor of
Technical Communications, Clarkson University

The MIT Press

Johndan Johnson-Eilola

Tracing Genres through Organizations offers communication designers and information architects a fresh and important perspective on users in organizations. Moving deftly between theory and practice, Spinuzzi suggests methods for designing communication spaces that are not merely used but inhabited, adapted, and extended by their users. A must-read.

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