NordiCHI2012 Workshop: Crossing Boundaries: Exploring What Design Can Do (Oct 2012, Copenhagen)

Dates: 13-14 October 2012
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Web site:
Deadline for submissions: 1 August 2012

Due to increasing specialization in organizations and multidisciplinary teamwork, boundaries are becoming more explicit obstacles. Boundary objects are one proposed means for crossing these boundaries. This workshop provides a forum for researchers and practitioners to share experiences and issues with crossing boundaries in multidisciplinary innovation projects.

The current workshop focuses on how one can make a boundary object for use and aims to explore what the role of design can do making appropriate boundary objects. We want to improve the understanding of what works and what doesn’t and be able to develop both practical and theoretical applications of such by actually ‘designing’ boundary crossing solutions during the workshop including a research-through-design approach.


The intended audience is primarily designers and human-computer interaction researchers who are interested in the theme. The workshop should also be relevant for practitioners who have experiences with multidisciplinary design project and making/using objects to cross boundaries.


We welcome contributions that focus on crossing organizational or disciplinary boundaries. This could include a reflective case study which can be a kind of (auto)ethnography or reflection-on-action from practitioners or researchers or those wishing to make theoretical contributions. In both cases we highly encourage bringing an artefact to bear during the workshop or at least pictures of such. All papers will be four pages or less in the ACM archival format

Important dates:

Paper submission: August 1th
Notification of acceptance: August 30th
Workshop at NordiCHI 2012: October 13th & 14th, 2012


Aaron Houssian, Philips Research
Ingrid Mulder, Delft University of Technology & Rotterdam University of applied sciences
Lillian Henze, Delft University of Technology

After the workshop:

Of course, with permission, position papers will be made publicly available on the workshop website, as well as a summary of the workshop results. We are currently in contact with key design/HCI journals about their willingness to produce a special issue on the workshop theme: crossing boundaries through design.


More details can be found on the workshop website:

For any further information on the workshop please contact us at

About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is

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