Journal of Engineering Design: Special Issue on Interaction and Experience Design (July 2014)

Website: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/cfp/cjencfp.pdf
Deadline for notification of intent to submit: July 2014

Even in the development of the most technologically complex products, systems and  environments, it is now accepted that the role of the user must remain firmly in focus. It is not  enough to fulfil functional requirements such as safety and performance, or to achieve technical  excellence in manufacture. The emergence of user-centred design has been critical in shifting  focus towards human needs in the design and development process. Inclusive design in particular  has set out the importance of universal usability in the design of products, and this fundamental  requirement has been addressed in a previous special issue of JED. Broader user-based issues,  however, require deeper consideration of the emotional reaction of individuals. The delivery of  more personalized usage scenarios encompasses aspects of interaction design, psychology,  culture and human factors to achieve satisfying, engaging and meaningful user experiences.

The aim of this special issue is therefore to address the emotional needs of users and their experiences in using products, processes and systems. What indicators can be monitored to best understand response during product use? Do requirements change through the ageing process  with respect to motivation, learning and dexterity? How can tasks and activities be designed and sequenced to form compelling narratives of use? How can factors such as culture, personality,  experience be considered in interface design? And can the tensions between tailored individual requirements and product universality be resolved in unifying design principles?

To address  these issues, papers are invited on topics that include but are not limited to:

 Interaction paradigms to better meet the emotional requirements of users
 Metrics and models for the assessment of user response
 Methods and principles for product and systems experience design
 Tools and approaches for prototyping and testing user interfaces
 Responsive systems design and technology
 Product styling, semiotics and affordances for user engagement
 ‘Usability’ versus ‘desirability’ in product design
 Case studies and best practice in effective user experience design

Publication Schedule:
Notification of Intent to Submit: July, 2014 (Note: email any one of the guest editors)
Full Papers Due for Review: 31st August, 2014
Notification of Review Decision: 30 October, 2014
Revised Manuscript Submission: 12th December, 2014
Final Decision: 20th February, 2015
Final Manuscripts: 31st March, 2015
Expected Date of Publication: May 2015

Submission Instructions:
Please prepare your paper following the “Instructions for Authors” available from the Journal of Engineering Design website (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tf/09544828.html).
Please submit your paper directly to the journal at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/cjen.

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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 http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

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