Cultural Aspects of Interaction Design

“When a group of people, no matter its scale, start sharing common ways of thinking, feeling and living, culture emerges. Culture therefore can emerge from any population segment. It is not limited to a geographic area or ethnicity. Different cultures can be distinguished by their individual and group characteristics, e.g. the mental models, behavioral patterns, emotional responses, aesthetics, rules, norms, and values that group members share. Different cultures therefore produce different artifacts and environments based on their cultural characteristics. On the other hand, artifacts, through people‚Äôs interactions with them, influence cultures and can even produce a new culture.” (Keiichi Sato and Kuohsiang Chen – Special Issue of Int.’l Journal of Design)

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