Design for Hackability

Galloway, A., Brucker-Cohen, J., Gaye, L., Goodman, E. and Hill, D. 2004. Design for Hackability. In Proc DIS ’04: 363-366.

Design for hackability encourages designers and non-designers to critically and creatively explore interactivity, technology and media – to reclaim authorship and ownership of technologies and the social and cultural worlds in which we live. Hackability implies more than customization or adaptation – it calls for redefinition. In a world where technologies are increasingly mobile and invisible, designing for hackability means allowing and encouraging people to make technologies be what they want them to be. It cultivates reciprocity between users and designers and supports transparency and graceful responses to unanticipated uses. Before entering into a broader discussion with the audience, panelists will discuss tensions between people and artifacts, technology and play, the creative use of readily available resources, subverting traditional functions and uses of networks, and the everyday realities of corporate design practice. These discussions will be used to generate a design for hackability manifesto to guide further explorations in designing interactive systems.