Context & Situations

Context

Context is the set of circumstances, facts and events that surround a particular situation. For IxD, it is about the user actions, imputs, intentions, history, and (relevant) particulars. it is also about the running interaction, application and the state of the product/system being used.

A Range of Resources

See the Wikipedia entry on Context Aware Systems, and Context Adaptation. There is also the Interaction Design Foundation, in particular their encyclopedia entry on Contextual Design.