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Jonna Häkkilä, Mikael Wiberg, Nils Johan Eira, Tapio Seppänen, Ilkka Juuso, Maija Mäkikalli, and Katrin Wolf. 2020. Design Sensibilities - Designing for Cultural Sensitivity. Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 125, 1–3. DOI:

Design sensibilities — designing for cultural sensitivity

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Author: Häkkilä, Jonna1; Wiberg, Mikael2; Eira, Nils Johan3;
Organizations: 1University of Lapland, Finland
2Umea University, Sweden
3Sámi Archives, National Archives of Norway, Norway
4University of Oulu, Finland
5Beuth University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Computing Machinery, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-01-15


When designing interactive systems and applications, we need to take into account different user groups, contexts, and cultural sensitivities. The challenges in culturally sensitive design can arise e.g. from historical, ideological, or ethical factors, and need to be considered when conducting HCI research, e.g. with cultural heritage, under-represented user groups, topics of cultural rituals, or in cross-cultural interfaces. The digitalizing world crosses old borders by bringing technology connectivity for new domains, and provides the means to distribute information that has previously been harder to access, and which may contain strong cultural meanings. With emerging technology use, new etiquette and social practices are formed to reflect the new sub-cultures. This workshop addresses the cultural sensitivities when designing interactive systems. The workshop invites researchers and practitioners to present and discuss about related case studies, applications, research methods, and experiences.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-4503-7579-5
Pages: 1 - 3
Article number: 125
DOI: 10.1145/3419249.3420100
Host publication: 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020
Conference: Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work has received support from the Interreg Nord project Digital Access to Sámi Heritage Archives.
Copyright information: © 2020 Copyright held by the owner/author(s). This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020,