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Interactional Empowerment
SICS.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0002-4825
2008 (English)In: CHI 2008 Proceedings - Dignity in Design, ACM Press, 2008, 647-656 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We propose that an interactional perspective on how emotion is constructed, shared and experienced, may be a good basis for designing affective interactional systems that do not infringe on privacy or autonomy, but instead empowers users. An interactional design perspective may make use of design elements such as open-ended, ambiguous, yet familiar, interaction surfaces that users can use as a basis to make sense of their own emotions and their communication with one-another. We describe the interactional view on design for emotional communication, and provide a set of orienting design concepts and methods for design and evaluation that help translate the interactional view into viable applications. From an embodied interaction theory perspective, we argue for a non-dualistic, non-reductionist view on affective interaction design.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ACM Press, 2008. 647-656 p.
Keyword [en]
Affective Interaction, Emotional Computing, Social Factors, Interaction Design, Contextual Information
National Category
Design Human Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157923ISBN: 978-1-60558-011-1OAI: diva2:772892
CHI 2008 - Dignity in Design, April 5-10, 2008, Florence, Italy

Qc 20141222

Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2015-02-02Bibliographically approved
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1. Designing for Interactional Empowerment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Designing for Interactional Empowerment
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis further defines how to reach Interactional Empowerment through design for users. Interactional Empowerment is an interaction design program within the general area of affective interaction, focusing on the users’ abil­ity to reflect, express themselves and engage in profound meaning-making.

This has been explored through design of three systems eMoto, Affective Di­ary and Affective Health, which all mirror users’ emotions or bodily reactions in interaction in some way. From these design processes and users’ encoun­ters with the system I have extracted one experiential quality, Evocative Bal­ance, and several embryos to experiential qualities. Evocative Balance refers to interaction experiences in which familiarity and resonance with lived expe­rience are balanced with suggestiveness and openness to interpretation. The development of the concept of evocative balance is reported over the course of the three significant design projects, each exploring aspects of Interaction­al Empowerment in terms of representing bodily experiences in reflective and communicative settings. By providing accounts of evocative balance in play in the three projects, analyzing a number of other relevant interaction design experiments, and discussing evocative balance in relation to existing con­cepts within affective interaction, we offer a multi-grounded construct that can be appropriated by other interaction design researchers and designers.

This thesis aims to mirror a designerly way of working, which is recognized by its multigroundedness, focus on the knowledge that resides in the design pro­cess, a slightly different approach to the view of knowledge, its extension and its rigour. It provides a background to the state-of-the-art in the design communi­ty and exemplifies these theoretical standpoints in the design processes of the three design cases. This practical example of how to extend a designer’s knowledge can work as an example for design researchers working in a similar way.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. x, 134 p.
TRITA-CSC-A, ISSN 1653-5723 ; 2014:20
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Human-computer Interaction
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-158016 (URN)978-91-7595-409-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-03-20, D2, Lindstedtsvägen 5, KTH, Stockholm, 10:15 (English)

QC 20150202

Available from: 2015-02-02 Created: 2014-12-18 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved

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