Translations and boundaries in the gap between HCI Theory and design practice

Raphaël Velt, S Benford, S Reeves

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The gap between research and design practice has long been a concern for the HCI community. In this article, we explore how different translations of HCI knowledge might bridge this gap. A literature review characterizes the gap as having two key dimensions - one between general theory and particular artefacts and a second between academic HCI research and professional UX design practice. We report on a 5-year engagement between HCI researchers and a major media company to explore how a particular piece of HCI research, the trajectories conceptual framework, might be translated for and with UX practitioners. We present various translations of this framework and fit them into the gap we previously identified. This leads us to refine the idea of translations, suggesting that they may be led by researchers, by practitioners or co-produced by both as boundary objects. We consider the benefits of each approach.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2901-2928
JournalACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Dissemination
  • HCI theory
  • Impact
  • Research-practice gap
  • Trajectories
  • Translation
  • Translational research


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