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artifact analysis

the study of how people use and conceptualize objects, including how people use computers in their work or play. Artifacts may be examined from any number of perspectives, including where the objects are, how many there are, their functional role, their conversational role, their physical characteristics, or their flexibility of use through different situations.

Artifact analysis may be used to supplement observational data and to gain a more thorough understanding of people’s tasks, and may lead to the design of improved artifacts.