Gendered Interfaces

The cultural construction of gender through design

Design is essentially involved in the cultural production of gender images and representations by creating products, services and digital interfaces. However, the aspect of gender is not systematically reflected in design research and practice yet. Artifacts which explicitly address men and women often do not represent user-friendly and gender-egalitarian solutions. They frequently confirm stereotypes of femininity and masculinity which nowadays may not be suitable any more.

A gender-informed design framework

For this reason, we aim to develop a conceptual framework for a gender-informed design approach establishing the aspect of gender as an essential design criterion next to requirements of e.g. formal aesthetics or usability. This framework shall sensitize designers and design researchers for the gender dimension within their work.

Diversification of gender images and experiences

We draw especially attention to concepts which provide ideas to change gender images. On a theoretical level, we essentially refer to constructivist and deconstructivist gender theories and ask how far they can contribute to deduce design implications for a modification and diversification of gender representations and experiences. Moreover, we discuss existing design approaches and analyse artifacts to make their underlying gender assumptions explicit. Following Butler’s request for a subversive gender confusion, we aim to deliver a systematic theoretically and empirically underpinned design approach which encourages designers and design researchers to playfully explore the design potential of gender to offer diverse gender representations and experiences.


Publications

Las consecuencias del “giro icónico” en las representaciones de género virtuales – ¿la traición de la utopía ciberfeminista?

Buchmüller, S., Joost, G.(2010): las consecuencias del “giro icónico” en las representaciones de género virtuale – ¿la traición de la utopía ciberfeminista? in: Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo & Zafra, Remedios (ed.): ebook X0y1 #ensayos sobre género y ciberespacio, Madrid/Spain , October 2010; ISBN: 978-84-693-5136-9


Erst war das Wort, dann die Form

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche (2009): Erst war das Wort, dann die Form in: Erlhoff, Michael (Hrsg):Uta Brandes – Sie, und sie als Novelle, Walter König, Köln 2009, P. 130 – 139; ISBN 978-3-86560-581-8


Der Schein bestimmt das Sein. Zum Verschleierungsmechanismus der kulturellen Gestaltung von Geschlecht

Buchmüller, S., Joost, G. (2009): Der Schein bestimmt das Sein. Zum Verschleierungsmechanismus der kulturellen Gestaltung von Geschlecht in: Stein, E. K., Walzel, F. (Hrsg.): Oberflächen/Untersichten, Neuwerk, Zeitschrift für Designwissenschaft, eine Publikation der Schriftenreihe der Burg Giebichenstein, Hochschule für Kunst und Design Halle, S. 73 – 84; ISBN: 978-3- 86019-074-6


The role of interface in virtual gender presentations

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan (2009): The role of interface in virtual gender presentations, Online Proceedings of the 5th European Symposium on Gender & ICT, Digital Cultures: Participation, Empowerment, Diversity, Bremen/ Germany, 5th to 7th March 2009


Gendered by Design. Zur kulturellen Konstruktion von Geschlecht durch Design

Buchmueller, Sandra (2008): Gendered by Design. Zur kulturellen Konstruktion von Geschlecht durch Design in: Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaft und Kunst (HAWK) & Joost, G. (Hrsg.): Gender & Design, Maria-Goeppert-Mayer Programm, Hildesheim 2008, P. 10 – 19


Gendered Interfaces. Zum Einfluss digitaler Benutzungsoberflächen auf virtuelle Geschlechterbilder in Online-Rollenspielen

Buchmüller, S. (2008): Gendered Interfaces. Zum Einfluss digitaler Benutzungsoberflächen auf virtuelle Geschlechterbilder in Online-Rollenspielen in: JFC Medienzentrum Köln (Hrsg.): MedienConcret, Magazin für die Medienpädagogische Praxis: Mediengeneration. Jungen und Mädchen in der Jugend und Mädchenkultur, Köln, Juni 2008; S. 47 – 52


The impact of digital images on virtual gender images

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan (2008): The impact of digital images on virtual gender images, Proceedings of the Digital Humanities Conference, Oulu/ Finland, 24th to 30th June 2008, P.72 – 78; ISBN: 978-591-42-8838-


Body Extensions and Representations within Disembodied Virtual Spaces

Buchmüller, Sandra, Joost, Gesche, Chow, Rosan (2007): Body Extensions and Representations within Disembodied Virtual Spaces’, IASDR 07 Conference, Hong Kong 12-15 November 2007