Generalization: Beyond research for the very particular
Magazine article, 2019

In this article, we discuss HCI research that does not aim for universal or generic solutions, but rather focuses on addressing the particular challenges of particular people in particular situations or activities. We clarify what we mean by design and research for the very particular with examples from industry and academic research, highlight benefits and potential problems, discuss our suggestions, and conclude with a list of open questions for HCI researchers to consider.


Olav Bertelsen

Aarhus University

Jo Vermeulen

Aarhus University

Susanne Bødker

Aarhus University

Eve Hoggan

Aarhus University

Eva Eriksson

Aarhus University


1072-5520 (ISSN) 15583449 (eISSN)

Vol. 26 1 35-38

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Information Science

Information Systemes, Social aspects



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