Ordinary User Experiences at Work: A Study of Greenhouse Growers

Torkil Clemmensen, Morten Hertzum, José Abdelnour-Nocera

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We investigate professional greenhouse growers’ user experience (UX) when using climate-management systems in their daily work. We build on the literature on UX, in particular UX at work, and extend it to ordinary UX at work. In a 10-day diary study, we collected data with a general UX instrument (AttrakDiff), a domain-specific instrument, and interviews. We find that AttrakDiff is valid at work; its three-factor structure of pragmatic quality (PQ), hedonic identification quality, and hedonic stimulation quality is recognizable in the growers’ responses. In this article, UX at work is understood as interactions among technology, tasks, structure, and actors. Our data support the recent proposal for the ordinariness of UX at work. We find that during continued use, UX at work is middle-of-the-scale, remains largely constant over time, and varies little across use situations. For example, the largest slope of the four AttrakDiff constructs when regressed over the 10 days was as small as 0.04. The findings contrast existing assumptions and findings in UX research, which is mainly about extraordinary and positive experiences. In this way, the present study contributes to UX research by calling attention to the mundane, unremarkable, and ordinary UXs at work.
Original languageEnglish
Article number16
JournalACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
Issue number3
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Human-centered computing
  • User studies
  • Field studies
  • User experience
  • UX at work
  • Greenhouse growers
  • Horticultural workplace
  • Continued use

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