Five years' experience from CID: an interdisciplinary competence centre for design of usable interactive IT applications
The Centre for user oriented IT Design (CID) at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden was established in 1995. CID brings together researchers and designers from computer science, arts, media and communication, and human sciences with industry and user organizations. The focus is on the design and study of usable, interactive IT applications, integrating usability aspects, technical aspects and aesthetic aspects. The main themes of CID's activities are Connected communities, Interactive learning environments, Forms of interaction and User orientation, the latter which is also a central aspect of the work in the other areas. In this paper, experience from the first 5 years of CID is described and discussed.