Cybernetic lenses for designing and living in a complex world

Josh Andres, Alex Zafiroglu, Katherine Daniell, Paul Wong, Mina Henein, Xuanying Zhu, Ben Sweeting, Michael Arnold, Delia Pembrey MacNamara, Ariella Helfgott

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Cybernetics has an exciting history that profoundly influenced HCI theory and practice. However, today, designers, engineers, and researchers are often unaware of how to engage with this powerful approach to inform technology design. We believe a cybernetic lens is vital to investigating and designing technologies for today's complex environments. In this in person, half-day workshop called "Cybernetic Lenses for Designing and Living in a Complex World", we present three cybernetic lenses demonstrated in two case studies: "From mundane objects to systems - asking better questions for technology design", and "Transportation networks, from human-computer interaction to socio-cultural consequences". Our goal is to offer an inclusive environment to provide theory and practical exercises for participants to gain and incorporate a cybernetics lens into their practice.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference
Subtitle of host publicationConnected Creativity, OzCHI 2022
EditorsCharles Martin, Dana Mckay, Melissa Rogerson, Bronwyn Cumbo, Greg Wadley, Penny Sweetser, Jennyfer Lawrence Taylor, Luke Hespanhol, Jess Tsimeris, Mingze Xi, Jane Turner, Soojeong Yoo, Ned Cooper, Jessica Rahman, Josh Andres, Ajit G. Pillai, Cat Kutay
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9798400700248
ISBN (Print)9798400700248
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2023
Event34th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 29 Nov 20222 Dec 2022
Conference number: 34th

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Conference34th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Abbreviated titleOzCHI
Internet address


  • critical systems thinking
  • cybernetics
  • design
  • design methods
  • design research


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