On Legitimacy: Designer as Minor Scientist

Aysar Ghassan, M. Blythe

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    User experience research has recently been characterized in two camps, model based and design based, with contrasting approaches to measurement and evaluation. This paper argues that the two positions can be constructed in terms of Deleuze and Guattari’s “royal science” and “minor science”. It is argued that the “reinvention” of cultural probes is an example of a minor scientific methodology re-conceptualised as a royal scientific “technology”. The distinction between royal and minor science provides insight into the nature of legitimacy within contemporary HCI research practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI EA '13: CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1952-2
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013
    EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Paris, France
    Duration: 27 Apr 20132 May 2013


    ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Abbreviated titleCHI '13

    Bibliographical note

    Statement © ACM, 2013. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here by permission of ACM for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Proceedings of the CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems {pp. 2149-2158, (2013)} http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2468356.2468735.


    • Deleuze
    • Guattari
    • Design
    • Legitimacy
    • Cultural Probes
    • User Experience.


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