Soma-based design theory

K. Höök, C. Hummels, K. Isbister, P. Marti, E.M. Segura, M. Jonsson, F. Mueller, P.A.N. Sanches, T. Schiphorst, A. Ståhl, D. Svanaes, A. Trotto, M. Graves Petersen, Y.K. Lim

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Movement-based interaction design is increasingly popular, with application domains ranging from dance, sport, gaming to physical rehabilitation. In a workshop at CHI 2016, a set of prominent artists, game designers, and interaction designers embarked on a research journey to explore what we came to refer to as "aesthetics in soma-based design". In this follow-up workshop, we would like to take the next step, shifting from discussing the philosophical underpinnings we draw upon to explain and substantiate our practice, to form our own interaction design theory and conceptualisations. We propose that soma-based design theory needs practical, pragmatic as well as analytical study - otherwise the felt dimension will be missing. We will consider how such tacit knowledge can be articulated, documented and shared. To ground the discussion firmly in the felt experience of our own practice, the workshop is organised as a joint practical design work session, supported by analytical study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA '17 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Subtitle of host publicationExplore, Innovate, Inspire
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4656-6
Publication statusPublished - 6 May 2017
Event35th Annual ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, United States
Duration: 6 May 201711 May 2017
Conference number: 35 (Link to publication in Scopus)


Conference35th Annual ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017)
Abbreviated titleACM CHI 2017
CountryUnited States
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  • Design theory
  • Soma-based interaction
  • Somaesthetics

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