Rajanen, M., & Rajanen, D. (2020). Usability as Speculum Mundi: A Core Concept in Socio-technical Systems Development. Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly, 22, 49–59. https://doi.org/10.7250/csimq.2020-22.04
Usability as speculum mundi : a core concept in socio-technical systems development
|Author:||Rajanen, Mikko1; Rajanen, Dorina1|
1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 0.3 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2020051229618
Riga Technical University,
|Publish Date:|| 2020-05-12
Usability covers the breadth and depth of the rich interaction of users and technology in the socio-technical context. Though the concept of usability is well established, the integration of usability thinking in system development is challenging, partly due to the difficulty in understanding the importance of usability and justifying the costs incurred by usability work. This article aims to bring forth three fundamental attributes of usability that originate in classical architecture design, namely, utilitas, firmitas, and venustas. We provide a model of conceptualizing usability as speculum mundi, a lens through which the impacts of interaction at all levels of the organization and society can be identified by drawing parallels between the Vitruvian design principles and the paradigms of usability conceptualization. We restate the importance of the concept of usability in the context of socio-technical systems.
Complex systems informatics and modeling quarterly
|Pages:||49 - 59|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
113 Computer and information sciences
Partly the writing of this article was done during a research grant that Dorina Rajanen received from Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation (Project “Climate Change in the News”) for which we are both very grateful.
© 2020 Mikko Rajanen et al. This is an open access article licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0).