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Congrats to Phoebe Sengers for Receiving a Best in CHI Award!

Phoebe Sengers received a Best in CHI Honorable Mention Award for her paper, "Expanding and Refining Design and Criticality in HCI." The SIGCHI Best of CHI Awards honor exceptional submissions to the SIGCHI sponsored conferences. Receiving an Honorable Mention Award indicates that your paper was identified by the CHI Associate Chairs as being among the top 5% of all submissions to CHI 2015. 


James Pierce, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA
Phoebe J Sengers, Cornell University, Ithaca, United States
Tad Hirsch, University of Washington, Seattle, United States
Tom Jenkins, Digital Media, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, United States
William W Gaver, Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom
Carl DiSalvo, Digital Media Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States


The term ‘critical design’ is on the upswing in HCI. We analyze how discourses around ‘critical design’ are diverging in Design and HCI. We argue that this divergence undermines HCI’s ability to learn from and appropriate the design approaches signaled by this term. Instead, we articulate two ways to broaden and deepen connections between Design and HCI: (1) develop a broader collective understanding of what these design approaches can be, without forcing them to be about ‘criticality’ or ‘critical design,’ narrowly construed; and (2) shape a variation of design criticism to better meet Design practices, terms, and ways of knowing.