At the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems in 2014 we will explore the idea that the design of interactive systems is entering a new socio-technical paradigm around the idea of craft. The theme of the conference is “Crafting Design”. We see the confluence of phenomena that may constitute new approaches and new foci in HCI and interaction design. The re-emergence of hand skills is evident in the development of multi-touch and full body interfaces. DIY and Maker cultures has become a wide spread phenomenon in which craftsmanship of the maker matters. Wearable computing revisits the use of traditional craft in new way and the (technologically) self-constructed self is another kind of democratic craft. Documentations of the self where we create enduring records of everything from social encounters to our heart-rates become designed vehicles for abstract mirrors of the self.
DIS 2014 will be held in the beautiful, dynamic and international city of Vancouver, BC. Located on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. DIS 2014 will be hosted by a collaboration of the Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Interactive Arts + Technology, the Interaction Design Research Center, and Virginia Tech’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction.
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