Designing Experience: Call for Abstracts

Editor: Peter Benz (Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU)
“Designing Experience” (=working title) to be published in 2013, publisher not yet confirmed
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 Nov 2012


Despite its omnipresence in marketing ‘lingo’ and usability forums Experience Design in many ways lacks professional and academic frameworks, in which research and developments of the area can be conducted, discussed, published and reviewed. It is therefore the aim of this project to establish a R&D community of academics and professionals interested in the exploration of issues in Experience Design; to provide them an online platform to develop their individual projects while engaging, interacting and communicating with likewise interested researchers and professionals; to additionally organise opportunities for offline interaction to strengthen the network; and through these efforts to ultimately clarify theoretical and methodological issues and advance our understanding of the potentials and limitations of the area.

For this purpose submissions are invited on significant, original, and previously unpublished research, case studies and potentially other – more experimental – research formats. Among issues that could be raised are the following:

· Experience, its principal definition and its distinction from other forms of human knowledge;
· Aesthetics, poetics and ethics as related in and through experience;
· Experience as a narrative form;
· Experience Design as a methodological system;
· Media of experience, or ‘experiential messages’;
· Experience as designed time;
· Identity: an experiential construct;
· Social, spatial and other contexts affecting experience;
· The Experience Society;
· Virtuality and representation: what remains after the experience.

Please submit an abstract of your proposed research/project/case study of no more than 500 words plus a bibliography by 30 November 2012 for peer-reviewing. Only English language abstracts (and papers) will be considered. The authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to join a closed online research group to subsequently collaboratively work on the further development of respective projects. By May 2013 each project should result in a full paper of maximum 4,000 words for publication in the book ‘Designing Experience’ (working title; publisher to be confirmed). Other non-traditional formats of submissions are also welcome – e.g. photo-essays, graphical experimentations – as long as they lend themselves to publication in a book.

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