WIP with Dr. Graham Button


Dr. Graham Button
Marrying Sociology and Systems Design: The Road to True Happiness or the Divorce Courts?
23rd August 2012, Thursday, 6.00pm

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I am a sociologist who works with engineers, computer scientists and designers of computer systems. Computer systems are everywhere- in Facebook, Twitter, SMS or e-mails. However, anyone who has used a computer system will have been frustrated by it because it either will not let them do what they want to do, or makes them do something in an annoying way. This talk is about how I, as a sociologist who is interested in how people go about doing the things they do, can make the those building systems take notice of the people who use them.

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