Aesthetic of Friction for Exercising Motivation: A Prototyping Journey

Alynne De Haan, Daphne Menheere, Steven Vos, Carine Lallemand

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Despite an intention to exercise, it remains a challenge for many people to establish a workout routine over a period of time. Amongst identified barriers and enablers to exercise, getting dressed for a workout is considered as one of the tipping points of actually going. Implementing the Aesthetic of Friction in this specific context, could imply the right course of action for the user, while it also allows freedom and encourages meaning-making. In this Research-through-Design project, we designed an interactive shrinking hanger, that implements these key principles, to encourage exercise motivation. We followed an iterative process focusing on the aesthetics of the interaction to find out how a careful consideration of the look and feel of an interactive artefact influences the acceptance of the implemented friction. We document the design process of this aesthetics of friction exemplar, and reflect on how to implement friction in design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
Subtitle of host publicationNowhere and Everywhere
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384766
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2021
Event2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, DIS 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021


Conference2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, DIS 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank the reviewers for their valuable comments and feedback improving the quality of the paper. We would also like to thank all the participants who contributed to this study. This work is part of the project Nano4Sports which is financed by Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland.

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  • Aesthetic of Friction
  • aesthetics of interaction
  • exercising motivation
  • workout routine


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