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Eli Blevis <[log in to unmask]>
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CFP Visual Thinking & Digital Imagery Workshop CHI 2012 ( (5th May 2012) 

Format and Goals 

This workshop focuses on exploring the centrality of visual literacy and visual thinking to HCI. Drawing on emerging critical perspectives, the workshop will address visual literacy and visual thinking from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary design-orientation, foregrounding the notion that imagery is a primary form of visual thinking. Imagery--which subsumes digital imagery--goes well beyond sketching and beyond storyboards, screenshots and wireframes. We will address how a broader framework for visual thinking and imagery in HCI can play a role in raising the visual standards of HCI research and practice. Workshop participants will investigate possibilities for developing a culture of curatorial gaze in HCI, in order to (i) promote collection of digital images as a method appropriate for a design-oriented discipline, (ii) invite others to contribute to a genre of working and corpus of imagery unique to HCI, and (iii) to expand the approaches that design-oriented HCI may productively and creatively draw upon. 

Participant Selection Criteria & Requirements for Imagery and Optional Accompanying Position Papers 

In keeping with the transdisciplinary foundation of visual thinking and design-oriented HCI, we hope to bring together a diverse group of HCI researchers and practitioners, as well as practitioners and academics in disciplines including (but not limited to) visual studies, design, photography, criticism, art, cultural studies, social sciences, and the humanities. First and foremost submissions will consist of visual thinking and/or digital imagery artifacts for curatorial review in advance of the workshop. A textual explanation or critical analysis of the artifact(s) of no more than 4 pages in the CHI 2012 Extended Abstract format may be included. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers, and 15-20 will be accepted. Accepted submissions will be placed on the workshop website, along with links to relevant literature. 

Important Dates and Where to Submit Imagery and Papers 

Submit your Imagery (PDF or JPG) and Optional Accompanying Position Paper (Formatting instructions, Extended Abstracts Format, 4* pages or less, not counting your image files) by email to [log in to unmask] 

Jan 27 2012 Imagery and optional accompanying position paper due for review/selection
Feb 10 2012 Notification to workshop participants by organizers
Mar 16 2012 Advance registration ends

* It is not the end of the world if you exceed the page limit by a little, and perfectly fine if your paper is very short; it is primarily your image files that are most interesting for this particular workshop. 

Formatting instructions:
Extended Abstracts Format:


At least one author of each accepted position paper must attend the workshop and all participants must register for the workshop and for at least one day of the conference. 

Eli Blevis School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana USA [log in to unmask] 
Elizabeth F. Churchill Internet Experiences Group, Yahoo! Research, 4301 Great America Parkway. Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA [log in to unmask] 
William Odom HCI Institute Carnegie Melon University Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA [log in to unmask] 
James Pierce HCI Institute Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA, USA [log in to unmask] 
David Roedl School of Informatics and Computing Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana USA [log in to unmask] 
Ron Wakkary School of Interactive Arts & Technology Simon Fraser University Surrey, BC, Canada [log in to unmask] 

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