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International Journal of Design


A Special Issue on "Cultural Aspects of Interaction Design"

The notion of interaction design has become an indispensable aspect of
product design and development, especially for those products with
embedded information technologies. While traditional industrial design
focuses on a product's functionality and its physical features,
interaction design focuses on the interactive experience of users. Since
products are becoming more pervasively and more tightly interwoven with
our daily activities, design calls for a deeper understanding of the
diverse perspectives of product use.

Culture has been considered to play a critical role for users in their
understanding, acceptance, positioning, and use of an artifact. The
quality of an interactive experience is produced in a particular cultural
context and is determined or evaluated in that context. Yet, when it comes
to incorporating cultural factors effectively in design practice,
knowledge is insufficient at all levels -- conceptual, theoretical,
methodological, and practical. Cultural factors need to be integrated in
the design process in order to achieve the high quality of product
interaction that enables our experience with a product to be effective and

For this special issue of the International Journal of Design, we are
seeking papers that present breakthroughs in conceptual, theoretical,
methodological and practical research that enhance the formalization of
design knowledge with regard to the "cultural aspects of interaction
design." In particular, these contributions should focus on representing
cultural factors in describable, operable, and usable forms of design
knowledge with relevance to interaction design. The following topics are
of particular interest, covering fundamental and contemporary issues in
this domain:

- Conceptual framework of cultural factors in interaction design
- Acquisition and representation methods for cultural factors in design
- Formal models of cultural factors in interaction design
- Planning, design, and evaluation methods that involve cultural
- Cultural aspects of interaction methods and languages
- Assessment of the cultural effects of new interactive products
- Cultural factors in Kansei/emotional/affective aspects of interaction
- Cultural contexts of interaction design for ambient intelligence
- Cultural factors related to usability


Full Paper Due: 28 February 2008
Notification of Acceptance: 30 April 2008
Final Version of Paper Due: 31 May 2008
Special Issue Publication Date: 1 August 2008

Submission of Papers:

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the 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 Cultural Aspects of Interaction
Design" as the Journal Section when submitting papers.

Special Issue Editors:

Keiichi Sato
Institute of Design
Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
Tel: 312-595-4912
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Kuohsiang Chen
Department and Institute of Industrial Design
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Tel: +886 6-2757575, ext. 54335
E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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