Ülestunnistus

Essay from April 2015 submitted to a competition by Metsaülikool and published in a collection of articles in 2020. Essee kirjutamise ajal oli Eva Maria Veitmaa Saaremaa Ühisgümnaasiumi 12. klassi õpilane. Tema essee pälvis Metsaülikooli koolinoorte esseekonkursil kolmanda koha.Tänaseks on Eva pühendunud inimese ja tehnoloogia vahelise suhtluse uurimisele. Tema eesmärgiks on luua lahendusi, mis on … Continue reading Ülestunnistus

Welcome to every researcher’s worst nightmare

Surveys are a tricky data collection method. On the one hand, they enable reaching thousands of people and gathering a magnitude of data in a short timeframe. On the other hand, they rarely capture the information they ought to. The reason for that is often bad design. Survey design is no joke. A fool can ask … Continue reading Welcome to every researcher’s worst nightmare

Are Familiar Strangers Becoming an Endangered Species?

According to the paper "The Familiar Stranger: Anxiety, Comfort, and Play in Public Spaces" by Eric Paulos and Elizabeth Goodman [1], Familiar Strangers are people we regularly encounter during our daily activities in public spaces, yet never interact with directly. They are people who wait alongside us at the bus station, do their groceries the … Continue reading Are Familiar Strangers Becoming an Endangered Species?

Let small girls play with big boy tools

When Kasper invited me over to help with building stage decor and said that my task would be playing around with a jigsaw, I had pictured sitting on a clean floor, putting together nice puzzle pieces. You can only imagine my surprise when I was handed a humongous wooden board and an actual power tool. … Continue reading Let small girls play with big boy tools

Dilemmas in HCI

The domain of Human Computer Interaction is riddled with dilemmas affecting both users and designers. Let some of these problems be presented as follows. Testing  users systems is necessary, but costly Note: Users should not be tested, systems should. Users help identify usability problems the systems have. All technology should be adapted to fit the … Continue reading Dilemmas in HCI

Why I won’t tell people to “look it up”​ anymore

Yesterday, somebody asked me what a hermit crab is. I told them to look it up. Today, in a group chat full of IT people, I asked what I should know if I wanted to create my own web page. They told me to look it up. In both of these scenarios, those who had been asked … Continue reading Why I won’t tell people to “look it up”​ anymore