Paul Dourish comments on our article "Faceless Interaction"

I have earlier on this blog mentioned the article "Faceless Interaction" (see ref below). The article was recently published and we are both happy and honored that Paul Dourish has written a commentary on our article in the same journal (see ref below).

Dourish writes "In their article on faceless interaction, Janlert and Stolterman offer us an examination of a foundational concept in interaction design that is both generative in the conversations that it provokes and surprising for the fact that such examinations are not undertaken more often."

Dourish continues "Their examination is driven primarily by a need for conceptual foundations,
rather than an empirical effort to grapple with new interaction modalities, although
of course the rise of surface-based interactive devices, the increasing use of speech
and free-form gestural technologies, and the decentered interactional style of ubiquitous
computing all point toward a need to recognize the importance of what they
usefully term “faceless interaction.” The result is a genuinely novel approach that does
more than simply set the stage for a new model of interaction; it also provides a critical
perspective on the history of human–computer interaction (HCI).

Dourish ends his commentary with "I am delighted to see the sorts of deep conceptual examination that Janlert and Stolterman offer. I look forward to the conversation that it provokes."

You can find the whole commentary here:

If you are interested in our article, just let me know:


Paul Dourish (2015) Commentary: Conduits and Communities, Human–
Computer Interaction, 30:6, 540-543, DOI: 10.1080/07370024.2015.1022177

Janlert, L-E., & Stolterman, E. (2015). Faceless Interaction - a conceptual examination of the notion of interface: past, present and future. In Human–Computer Interaction, Vol. 30, Iss. 6, 2015


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