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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262194914 | 258 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 39| September 2003

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Tracing Genres through Organizations

A Sociocultural Approach to Information Design

About the Author

Clay Spinuzzi is Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at the University of Texas, Austin.


“Spinuzzi takes issue with many in the user-centered design community, arguing that much of the work emerging from it implicitly assumes a 'worker-as-victim, designer-as-hero' perspective. To counter this view he argues strongly for an approach that respects and builds on the worker's own agency and abilities, showing how the workers themselves adjust the system in a myriad of ways in order to fit the system to their activities. A thoughtful, and at times provocative, read.”
Liam J. Bannon, Director, Interaction Design Centre, University of Limerick
Tracing Genres through Organizations offers communication designers and information architects a fresh and important perspective on users in organizations. Moving deftly between theory and practice, Spinuzzi suggests methods for designing communication spaces that are not merely used but inhabited, adapted, and extended by their users. A must-read.”
Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Director, Eastman Kodak Center for Excellence in Communication, and Professor of Technical Communications, Clarkson University