Oh this should be a fun read for me. From 1991. I didn’t get involved in spreadsheets until the late 1990s and while I did a lot of what I thought was solitary creation it was, in fact, a collaborative effort as additional stakeholders and creatives were involved in the input and changes made.
Twinkling lights and nested loops: distributed problem solving and spreadsheet development
James R Miller
Ooh, I love learning useful terminology as it makes searching easier.
“A spreadsheet is a “cognitive artifact”” – 1991 – what’s that? I found out.
“Cognitive artifacts may be defined as “those artificial devices that maintain, display, or operate upon information in order to serve a representational function and that affect human cognitive performance.” (Norman 1991)
“man-made things that seem to aid or enhance our cognitive abilities, and some examples are calendars, to-do lists, computers, or simply tying a string around your finger as a reminder. “
So, human computer interface stuff. [HCI], sometimes going by “ergonomics”, It’s not so much that it makes you BETTER at a task but rather it changes HOW you perform tasks.