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A Special Issue of ACM Transactions on Computer-Human
Interaction (TOCHI)

Special issue editors:
Marianne Graves Petersen (University of Aarhus)
Lars Hallnäs (Chalmers University of Technology and University College
of Boräs)
Robert J.K. Jacob (Tufts University)

	Deadline for Abstract/Intention to submit (optional but
	recommended): December 1, 2006

	Feedback to authors: January 15, 2007

	Deadline for Paper submission: March 1, 2007

As computational technologies migrate into everyday lives, new frames
of references are needed in order to understand and design
human-computer interaction. In response to this, aesthetics is
beginning to play a role within HCI, and can potentially help renew
the field at a time, where experience design and user experience
becomes increasingly important. But many questions remain
unanswered. E.g. are we moving towards a new unified theory of
interaction or is this a complementary paradigm? How can we bridge the
gap between traditional performance-based HCI and the new world of HCI
where other, harder to quantify factors like aesthetics are more
important? How can we design for aesthetics of interaction and how can
we evaluate it, qualitatively and quantitatively?

Several different approaches to the aesthetics of computing have been
proposed but the area is rather vague with respect to
foundations. There is need for a discussion about basic notions and
the theoretical and practical implications of various approaches.

It is also of fundamental importance to discuss in what ways
aesthetics of interaction design relates to design aesthetics in
general as it has been developed within industrial design. What is
aesthetics of interaction really all about with respect to
interaction, form, expression, experience, performance etc?

The aim of this Special Issue is to present high quality, original,
manuscripts related to aesthetics of human-computer interaction. All
manuscripts must be related to human-computer interaction, and not to
general issues of aesthetics. Manuscripts must be original, but
significant expansions and revisions of papers recently presented at
conferences will be considered. Possible topics include:

	(i) Theoretical approaches to the aesthetics of human-computer
	interaction - foundational notions, analytical frameworks,
	aesthetics of interaction in relation to prominent existing
	theories on human-computer interaction etc.

	(ii) Design methods, -tools and -approaches for designing with
	focus on the aesthetics of human-computer interaction

	(iii) Approaches to evaluating aesthetics of human-computer
	interaction -- including both subjective and objective

	(iv) Design and evaluation cases

	(v) Ways of connecting the new HCI to the "old" HCI

Abstract: We recommend that authors submit an abstract of about
150-200 words to [log in to unmask] by December 1, 2006, so that we
can assess the suitability of your proposed paper for the special
issue, and make sure that we have sufficient reviewers. This is
recommended but not required. The final manuscript is due March 1,
2007, but early submissions are encouraged.

All contributions will be rigorously peer reviewed to the usual
exacting standards of TOCHI. Further information, including TOCHI
submission procedures and advice on formatting and preparing your
manuscript, can be found at:

Manuscripts are actually submitted via the ACM online manuscript
system at:

To discuss a possible contribution, please contact the special issue
editors [log in to unmask]

Marianne Graves Petersen (University of Aarhus)

Lars Hallnäs (Chalmers University of Technology and University College
of Boräs)

Robert J.K. Jacob (Tufts University)

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