Antiquarian answers: book restoration as a resource for design

As technologies age, they experience wear and degradation, sometimes resulting in loss of functionality. In response, parts are replaced and software is updated. Yet restoration - the process of returning something to a previous condition, often regardless of its instrumental value -"is a relatively rare practice with computational technologies. The aim of this paper is to enrich HCI design practices by considering the material qualities of restoration. We consider what makes a technology worth restoring and what constitutes the process of restoration by examining data collected from a three-month apprenticeship-based qualitative study of bookbinding. Building on relevant literatures, we offer antiquarian books -"long-established information technologies - as a lens onto the ways values are enacted through material engagements. We conclude with a discussion of restoration's role in HCI.

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In  Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems, CHI '11

Publisher  Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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TypeProceedings
URLhttp://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1978942.1979332
Pages2665–2668
SeriesCHI '11
ISBN978-1-4503-0228-9
AddressNew York, NY, USA
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