Conflict Interfaces

Mediated Meditations on Desire, Fear and Anxiety
  • Matthew WizinskyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9747)


Personal computing interfaces have so fully integrated into contemporary life that their impacts on everyday choices often go unnoticed. The discipline of User Experience Design operates a user-centric methodology that similarly dissipates the designer’s sense of responsibility for the social effects produced by such systems. This situation doubly masks the potential for personal computing interfaces to operate with goals hidden from and potentially contradictory to those of their users. By situating personal computing interfaces and User Experience Design within various theoretical contexts, I will describe a growing body of critical HCI work that I identify as Conflict Interfaces and share pedagogical techniques for teaching interaction design through the lens of political conflict.


Interaction design Critical Design User Experience Design Speculative Design Design pedagogy Political theory Mediation Agonism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of DesignUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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