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International Journal of Design
Special Issue on Designing for Aesthetics of Interaction

Now that the world of HCI has united with the world of product design, and 
computers are no longer merely a means for doing our jobs but also an integral 
part of our lives, one might question the appropriateness of functionality and 
efficiency as the main guiding principles for design. The spectrum of 
efficiency, productivity and, in general, "getting things done" has been 
enriched by other values, such as those represented by curiosity, playfulness, 
intimacy and creativity. User experience and the aesthetics of that experience 
are becoming increasingly paramount.

Furthermore, when we look at the abundance of interactive products on the 
market, we can see a shift in aesthetic focus, moving from aesthetics of 
appearance to aesthetics of interaction. Can designers design products that 
not only look attractive at first sight, but are also beautiful to use? What 
makes for aesthetics of interaction, how can we design for such an 
interaction, and how can we model and study the interactive experiences that 
are central to such an approach? Some more specific questions might be: 
What is the role of embodiment and narratives in the interactive experience? 
Does aesthetics of interaction require a phenomenological point of view? Can 
one study aesthetics of interaction without using one's hands, that is, without 
actually designing and building experiential prototypes?

The field of Aesthetics of Interaction is indeed emerging, and emerging in 
many different directions, with different definitions, different models, different 
implementations. This special issue of the International Journal of Design aims 
to reflect on the status quo and to find new paths toward a maturity of this 
area of research. We are seeking high-quality, original papers that address 
conceptual, theoretical, methodological and practical issues of designing for 
aesthetics of interaction--papers that will serve to enhance the overall body 
of interaction design knowledge. Possible topics include:

- Theoretical approaches to aesthetics of interaction: foundational notions, 
theoretical frameworks, philosophical embedding, and links to existing theories 
that are relevant to interaction design
- Methods, tools and approaches for designing and evaluating aesthetics of 
- Design and evaluation cases, including experiential prototypes


*Full Paper Due: 1 March 2010*
Notification of Acceptance: 1 May 2010
Final Version of Paper Due: 1 June 2010
Special Issue Publication Date: 1 August 2010

Submission of Papers

Manuscripts should be prepared with the template file and guidelines found at Submitted papers should not have 
been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication 
elsewhere. A double-blind review process will be employed for this special 

Manuscripts should be sent through the on-line system at Authors should choose "Special Issue on 
Designing for Aesthetics of Interaction" as the Journal Section when  
submitting papers.

Special Issue Editors

Kees Overbeeke
Department of Industrial Design
Eindhoven University of Technology,
the Netherlands
Tel: +31 40 2475964
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Caroline Hummels
Department of Industrial Design
Eindhoven University of Technology,
the Netherlands
Tel: +31 40 2475192
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

International Journal of Design

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