21.251 cfp: International Journal of Design - Cultural Aspects of Interaction Design

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 08:28:41 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 21, No. 251.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 06:24:45 +0100
         From: Ken Friedman <ken.friedman_at_bi.no>
         Subject: International Journal of Design - Cultural Aspects
of Interaction Design - 2nd Call


This is a follow-up to remind you of an exciting special issue of the
International Journal of Design on "Cultural Aspects of Interaction
Design" edited by Keiichi Sato and Kuohsiang Chen.

IJD has been growing with excellent contributions and a robust,
international perspective. Whether or not you wish to propose an
article for this issue, the journal is worth a visit at URL:


While all contents are open access, I'd like to suggest that you
register. This will bring you an automatic Table of Contents with new
issues, calls, and it will give access to new web-site features that
will become available to registered users. Registration is free --
the main purpose is that the register allows the editors to
communicate more effectively with the journal community, both to
provide information and to develop improved services on the web site.

If this call interests you, I hope you'll consider proposing an
article. Kuohsiang Cheng and Keiichi Sato are developing a terrific
issue, and they hope for a rich survey of the field.


Ken Friedman

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 enjoyable.
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 perspectives
- 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 environments
- 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 issue.
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: sato_at_id.iit.edu
Kuohsiang Chen
Department and Institute of Industrial Design
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Tel: +886 6-2757575, ext. 54335
E-mail: kchen_at_mail.ncku.edu.tw 
Received on Tue Sep 18 2007 - 03:50:48 EDT

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