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The role of appropriation in the design of engaging artefacts

Flint, Tom; Turner, Phil


Phil Turner


Creating engaging artefacts is a key objective for anyone involved in the design and implementation of interactive media. This is particularly true for those artefacts that comprise, complement and enliven modern museums. While recognising that engagement can take a number of different forms, appropriation appears to be the most pertinent here. By appropriation we mean people making an artefact their own, an observation we illustrate with details from an ethnographic study conducted at the Public ( We conclude by observing that by empowering people to make artefacts their own is not merely an effective means of creating engaging artefacts but lies at the heart of user-centred design.


Flint, T., & Turner, P. (2011, May). The role of appropriation in the design of engaging artefacts. Paper presented at Re-Thinking Technology in Museums 2011

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name Re-Thinking Technology in Museums 2011
Start Date May 1, 2011
End Date May 1, 2011
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date May 31, 2011
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2011
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords Interactive media; artefacts; museums; user-centred design;
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Contract Date May 31, 2011


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