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Please note that the deadline for submission to the HCI 2005 Workshop:
"Understanding & Designing  for Aesthetic Experience" has been extended to
Monday 20th of June 2005. See the CFP with revised dates below:

HCI 2005 Workshop: "Understanding & Designing  for Aesthetic Experience"
Organisers: Luigina Ciolfi, Michael  Cooke, Olav W. Bertelsen and Liam J.

Monday  05/09/2005
HCI 2005-The Bigger Picture, Napier University,  Edinburgh (Scotland)

This  one-day workshop aims at exploring the importance of defining and
discussing conceptual and methodological tools for studying and
understanding how aesthetic aspects can impact on human experience  of
technology and the role that user participation can have in  this  aesthetic
design process.
 Issues such as  pleasurable design, user experience design and aesthetics
are increasingly being discussed within the HCI and interaction design
community, due to the development of ubiquitous computing systems that can
be embedded within the objects and environments in the  physical world. In
designing tangible artefacts and locales,  researchers are facing issues
related to aesthetic and  experiential aspects of people's interaction.
In the last decade  or so the fields of HCI and Interaction Design have
become less  defined by an explicit work orientation regarding the design of
technology, and increasingly concerned with issues of fun, enjoyment and
 aesthetics. This has occurred in parallel with a greater  increase in
 consumer choice, and the proliferation of consumer  electronics to the
Extent that often the decision to purchase a  product rests more on its
visceral attractiveness than its  technical specifications. For example the
Apple iMac and iPod are  seen as essential fashion accessories, and memory
sticks are now  being worn as items of jewellery, etc. However, while CSCW
and interaction design have recognized the role of user participation in the
 gathering of requirements of a functional and usability  nature, the
issue of the users role in the terms of the aesthetic  design of these
 technologies has not been discussed to the same  extent.

Interaction design has received direct  inspiration from graphic design and
 industrial design and terms  such as user engagement; experience design and
seductive design  now compete with usability as primary concerns for HCI
designers.  Product and industrial designers and artists have also become
members of interaction design teams, bringing their expertise, skills and
sensitivities regarding aesthetics and materiality. Also, the
development of ubiquitous computing systems that are embedded  within the
objects and environments in the physical world has  contributed to an
increasing interest in topics such as design  aesthetics and user
experience.  In designing tangible  artefacts and locales, researchers are
facing issues related to aesthetic and experiential aspects of people's
interaction with  their personal, material, and socio-cultural worlds.

There has also been a body of theoretical work that has attempted  to
understand the nature of the aesthetic experience of  technology, which has
 given us a set of conceptual tools for  making sense of aesthetic
experience coming from a variety of  perspectives ranging across cognitive,
 behavioural, emotional and  socio-cultural dimensions. However, the
relationship between such  conceptual tools and design practice is not
always clear, leading to  a gap between understanding aesthetic experience
on the one hand,  and how to design aesthetics into technology, especially
interactive systems, on the other.

 This  workshop aims to discuss some of these outstanding issues as well  as
 bringing together examples of work dealing with the study of  and design
for aesthetic experience of technology.


 The  workshop aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners with
 concerns regarding the design of the aesthetic dimension of  interactive
 technologies, to present and discuss their experience  in using conceptual
 frameworks and/or specific methodologies for  studying and designing for
 aesthetic experience.
 As  well as acting as a forum for sharing design or research cases,  the
 workshop aims at fostering debate on a number of issues that  are currently
emerging regarding aesthetic aspects of interactive  technologies, but not
well represented in the HCI literature. For  example:

 -       the  role and importance of aesthetic concerns in the development
of interactive systems that are not explicitly designed with aesthetics  in
 mind, such as work technology;
 -     the users' role in co-designing and  authoring the aesthetic
experience of technology (for example, in  the case of interactive
installations that respond to people's  behaviour). Issues of user
participation in the design  process.

 -      the  relative importance of artistic insight and of conceptual
Tools in  the design of aesthetic experience, and role of artists and
designers  in co-design teams;

 -       the importance of aspects of materiality  in shaping the
 aesthetic experience.

The workshop will feature a mix of discussions, short  presentations,
 creativity stimulating activities; in plenary as  well as in smaller
Planned result of the workshop is a  collection of position paper.
 Participants will be invited to submit  extended versions of their papers
for potential inclusion in a special issue  of "CoDesign" Journal.

This workshop aims to attract researchers and  practitioners with
 backgrounds in art and design, HCI, psychology,  sociology, anthropology,
 architecture, cultural studies,  interactive systems design and
Prospective  participants will have interests in issues such as  theoretical
  frameworks, development of the design process, novel interaction
techniques, multi-disciplinary and participatory approaches to  design.

Position  papers (max 5 pages) due: 20th June 2005 (email to:
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Notification of acceptance: 1st July  2005
Workshop date: 5th September, 2005

Information on HCI 2005 conference (registration and advance

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