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The new HCI? navigation of information space.

  When we use the term ‘human–computer interaction’ (HCI), the image that is conjured up is of a person sitting at a visual display unit staring in at the world of ‘information’; the person is very much outside the space of information. But when we think of other activities such as going shopping, having a meeting or driving across town, we do not think of the person as outside this space. On the contrary, we see the person as inside a space of activities, surrounded by, and interacting with, assorted artefacts and people. Navigation of Information Space is an alternative conceptualisation of HCI that sees people as existing inside information spaces. Looking at HCI in this way means looking at HCI design as the creation of information spaces. This paper explores these ideas in more detail, arguing that Navigation of Information Space is not just a metaphor for HCI; it is a ‘paradigm shift’. The paper illustrates how Semiotics has informed this conception and discusses why such a paradigm shift is needed.

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    30 November 2001

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    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

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    004 Data processing & computer science


Benyon, D. (2001). The new HCI? navigation of information space. Knowledge-Based Systems. 14, 425-430. doi:10.1016/S0950-7051(01)00135-6. ISSN 0950-7051



Human–computer interaction paradigms; navigation; information space;

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