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Helene Hembrooke

Helene Hembrooke is Associate Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Group at Cornell University.

Titles by This Author

An Ecological Approach to Designing Smart Tools and Usable Systems

The shift in the practice of human-computer interaction (HCI) Design from user-centered to context-based design marks a significant change in focus. With context-based design, designers start not with a preconceived idea of what users should do, but with an understanding of what users actually do. Context-based design focuses on the situation in which the technology will be used -- the activities relating to it and their social contexts.