Getting started

I've given a number of presentations about links between design and linguistics. One of them is here, while the others are waiting to be posted. Here's a paper on categorization and design from a linguistic perspective, too.

One of the main things I've been pioneering is the use of Amazon's Mechanical Turk for user experience/language research. I have a number of presentations and papers that I'm not quite ready to share broadly, but if you're interested, send me a note (tylers at Stanford).

A number of courses described here have links to design, but especially:

Meanwhile, here are some notes to presentations and readings that are strongly design-related. I especially recommend the Bowsker & Star, Lakoff & Johnson, and Winograd & Flores.


Bowker, G. & S. Star (1999). Sorting Things Out: Classification and its Consequences. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Chi, Ed. "Augmented Social Cognition". At CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 19 October 2007.

Churchill, Elizabeth. "Social perturbations and posited practices: looking at prototypes as more than immature proto-products". CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 20 April 2007.

Dourish, Paul. "The Accountability of Presence: Location Tracking Beyond Privacy". At CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 12 October 2007.

Hall, Kira and John Rickford. Thoughts on participant observation. Summer 2007.

Hamontree, Monty. "Data Modeling and Conceptual Sketching in the Design Process at Microsoft". CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 9 November 2007.

Lakoff, G. & Johnson, M. (1980). Metaphors We Live By. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Marshall, Cathy. "'It's like a fire. You just have to move on' Toward adaptive services for personal archiving." CS547: HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION SEMINAR. Friday, 2 November 2007.

Rittel, H., and Webber, M., “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning”, Reprint 86, University of California at Berkeley, Institute of Urban and Regional Development.

Winograd, T. and Flores, F. (1987). Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, 1986. Paperback issued by Addison-Wesley, 1987.

Linguistics links

Other fun stuff