User-Mobile Phone Interactions: A Postphenomenology Analysis

  • Bin Zhang
  • Hua Dong
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8012)


User-artefact interactions, to a great extent, are defined by their relations. On the other hand, different relations emerge from different interactions. In order to get a better understanding of this phenomenon, we start and focus on the relation studies. Based on the four human-artefact relations in postphenomenology, a framework was developed. Through applying the framework to a case analysis, we describe the dynamic user-mobile interactions in the use process. This paper provides a new perspective of the interactions between the user and the product. Theoretically, the framework offers a comprehensive picture of user-product relations; practically, designers can be inspired to think about the different kinds of relations from the very beginning of their design process and design for specific relations.


interactions relations postphenomenology framework Village Phone Programme 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bin Zhang
    • 1
  • Hua Dong
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.College of Design and InnovationTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.School of Engineering and DesignBrunel University, Kingston LaneUxbridgeUnited Kingdom

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