A Biosemiotics Perspective on Dogs’ Interaction with Interfaces: an Analytical and Design Framework

Mancini, Clara (2023). A Biosemiotics Perspective on Dogs’ Interaction with Interfaces: an Analytical and Design Framework. Interaction Studies, 24(2) pp. 201–224.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/is.22027.man

Abstract

Understanding how animals might make sense of the interfaces they interact with is important to inform the design of animal-centered interactions. In this regard, biosemiotics provides a useful lens through which to examine animals’ interactions with interfaces and the sensemaking mechanisms that might underpin such interactions. This paper leverages Uexküll’s Umwelt theory, Peirce’s logic of sign relations and Gibson’s theory of affordances to analyze examples of dogs’ interactions with interfaces, particularly the role of the semiotic mechanisms of indexicality and isomorphism. Based on these analyses, the paper derives design implications, and proposes a semiotic framework to support the analysis and design of canine-centered interactions. The framework could be subsequently extended to support the analysis and design of interactive systems for other species.

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