Logitech Notebook Optical Mouse

Team Members: Jingya Yu, Shannon Schenck, Megan Harris, Craig Harkness, Vincent Lewandowski

The [sign] in question is the (above) optical mouse.

The [signifiers] of this sign are all of the physical elements considered holistically and in all of its separate components (the above photo of the mouse in question is also a signifier). Namely:

[the scroll wheel] [the left and right buttons] [the usb plug] [the usb symbol on top of the plug casing] [the thumb divot on top of the plug casing][the fastening button on the bottom of the usb plug] [the cable running from the usb plug to the mouse] [the body of the mouse] [the track at the bottom of the mouse (for wrapping the cable)] [the fastening button on the bottom of the mouse] [the rubber pads on the bottom of the mouse] [the logitech logo] [the regulatory information sticker on the bottom of the mouse] [electricity to power the LED mouse]

The [signified] elements of this sign are all of the underlying assumptions about the use or understanding of the [signifiers]. This includes all of the pieces of information within the [lifeworld] of our current technological paradigm (i.e. our current computer UI expectations) that we need to know in order to know what to do with, how to use, or to understand the socio-cultural underpinnings of the artifact. The list of [signified] elements includes but is not limited to:

[the notion of electric power] [the notion of an electric plug] [the notion of a universally shaped plug] [the notion of plugging something in] [the notion of unplugging] [the notion of scrolling up or down] [the notion of a scrolling wheel] [the notion of a computer] [the notion of user interface devices] [the notion of a computer monitor] [the notion of coordination between a user interface device and its corresponding responses on the monitor] [the interactions with the user interface device that follow Bill Buxton’s ‘Three State Model of Graphical Input’] [the notion of right clicking] [the notion of left clicking]…