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With apologies for multiple postings and cross postings

HCI2004: Design for Life

May 7th 2004 is the final deadline for Industry Day Presentations, Short
Papers, Posters, Laboratory & Organisational Overviews, Interactive
Experiences, Panels and the Doctoral Consortium. (The deadline for Full
Papers, Workshop and Tutorial proposals was in January, and successful
submissions are listed on our website).

Start planning now to join us in September in Leeds.

The 18th British Human-Computer Interaction Group Annual Conference is
taking place at Leeds Metropolitan University from 6-10 September 2004.

Our ambitious theme is Design for Life.

Researchers, practitioners and educators from around the world will come
together at HCI2004 to set an uncompromising user-centred agenda. As
designers, evaluators and implementers of interactive systems, we hold great
responsibility: the systems we design can shape the lives of the people who
use them. Join us in sharing the best of research and practice taking place
in this important field.

Design for Life has many facets:

- design for quality of life: designing systems that are liberating, humane
and enabling, and which recognise the user's individuality, rather than
constraining, mechanical and dehumanising.

- design for real life: ensuring what we do makes a difference in every day
experience and is relevant to the person on the street.

- design for all aspects of life: for work, for leisure, for travel, for

- design for community life: supporting society, government, learning and

- design for the richness of life, recognising that successful interaction
is as much about experience, emotion, satisfaction and creativity as it is
about task, productivity and effect.

- design for the whole life from childhood to older adulthood.

- design for the diversity of life: for users with diverse needs, from
diverse cultures and with different perspectives and priorities.

- design for long life: not focusing on passing phases and fads but on
products that adapt to changing needs and on approaches that can contribute
to sustainable developments.

Some of these concerns are traditional ones for HCI; others are new
challenges that we must face.

For more information, see

We look forward to seeing you in Leeds,

Janet Finlay,

Chair of HCI2004,

Leeds Metropolitan University