DESIGNS THAT FIT: An Overview of Fit Conceptualizations in HCI

Dov Te’eni*

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It has been argued that fitting the human-computer interface to the user and the task enhances performance. This chapter reviews these claims and asks whether such claims have theoretical and practical value. It begins with an overview of three types of fit: physical, cognitive, and affective. Each type of fit is assessed for its value. The analysis then expands to consider dynamic aspects of fit to increase its value both in changing the practice of design and providing more powerful explanations of user behavior. The analysis concludes that there is value in the notion of fit in HCI design, yet the current fragmented and incomplete treatment of fit and the current shortcomings in its measurement hinder progress in this area.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction and Management Information Systems
Subtitle of host publicationFoundations
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781317468387
ISBN (Print)9780765614865
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Affective Fit
  • Cognitive Fit
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Fit
  • HCI Metaphor
  • Personalization
  • Physiological Fit


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