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Aesthetics and experience-centered design

Lookup NU author(s): Emeritus Professor Pete Wright


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The aesthetics of human-computer interaction and interaction design are conceptualized in terms of a pragmatic account of human experience. We elaborate this account through a framework for aesthetic experience built around three themes: (1) a holistic approach wherein the person with feelings, emotions, and thoughts is the focus of design; (2) a constructivist stance in which self is seen as continuously engaged and constituted in making sense of experience; and (3) a dialogical ontology in which self, others, and technology are constructed as multiple centers of value. We use this framework to critically reflect on research into the aesthetics of interaction and to suggest sensibilities for designing aesthetic interaction. Finally, a digital jewelery case study is described to demonstrate a design approach that is open to the perspectives presented in the framework and to consider how the framework and sensibilities are reflected in engagement with participants and approach to design. © 2008 ACM.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Wright P, Wallace J, McCarthy J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

Year: 2008

Volume: 15

Issue: 4

ISSN (print): 1073-0516

ISSN (electronic): 1557-7325

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/1460355.1460360


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