Briefly discuss the following issues:

1. what did you find (articulate the answers in your own words)

1.1. interesting about the article?

I found it interesting that the user could get context dependent help with an interpretative critic. Getting help from a critic that elucidates clearly enough and provides a continuing argument seemed useful.

1.2. not interesting about the article?

It was interesting, but I am left wondering why the problem of designing a kitchen was picked for this project. Just curious.

2. what do you consider the main message of the article?

That in a world with an increasing amount of information, people want relevant anbd timely information to help them in context.

3. are themes discussed in the article which you would like to know more about?

Yes, I would like to know more about.

4. do you know of other papers, ideas, and systems which are closely related to

4.1. DODEs

Richard Saul Wurman's work with the accessability of information is related to making relevant information more accessable to the designer.

4.2. Critiquing?

No. Not besides Wurman's work, which I already mentioned.

4.3. analyze “spelling correctors” as a critiquing system

Spelling correctors do not provide the degree of interpretive critiquing available in the HYDRA system. They do not enable you to set priorities and weights, so if you want to be, for instance, E. E. Cummings with your writing, the system goes haywire and will probably interfere with your creativity. It would then be a good idea to turn spelling correcting off.

5. what does the article say about

5.1. design

Design can be supplemented with timely suggestions.

5.2. learning

The knowledge space of the user often differs from the full set of knowledge in the domain, and the user can often benefit from the different forms of critics.

5.3. collaboration

A computer holding time tested information can be a useful design partner and can provide useful argumentation to bounce ideas off of.

5.4. innovative media support for these activities?

There is a demand for properly filtered data in the media world. Now that people have so much information to deal with they need it to be pared down practically and intelligently presented to them.

6. do you have any ideas how this research could / should be extended based on your own knowledge and experience?

It is my experience that people like to work in environments that are visually appealing. Even if they are austere, as long as they are built according to good design principles that lend themselves to usability good work will be the result. These design principles are no good if they are too alien to the user, however. There must be a logical continuation in design practice that provides a familiar interface and meets the user halfway.