New publication – Somaesthetic design in Interactions

The Soma mat on the cover of Interactions

In the current issue of the ACM magazine Interactions you can read a cover story about the Soma Project where one of our colleagues, senior lecturer Martin Jonsson, is a co-writer.

In the article Somaesthetic design the Soma Project is presented like this:

The main insights of the article Somaesthetic design in the magazine Interactions.

“In the Soma Project, we searched for an alternative design stance that would not distract us from our own experiences but instead deepen our understanding and engagement with ourselves. Through adopting a somaesthetic design stance, we took on the challenge of engaging participants in deepening the experience of their own felt bodily sensations and movements rather than external sensory interactions.”

The article Somaesthetic design is written by Kristina Höök, Anna Ståhl, Martin Jonsson, Johanna Mercurio, Anna Karlsson, Eva-Carin Johnson.

You can read the full length article here:

Medieteknik @ CHI2012

Here are the paper presented at CHI2102 written by researchers at Media technology at Södertörn University:

May 9, 2012, 09:30. . (GMT – 6). Best paper award. Pasts + Futures – Revisiting the Jacquard Loom: Threads of History and Current Patterns in HCI – Paper. Ylva Fernaeus – Mobile Life, KTH, Sweden, Martin Jonsson – Södertörn University, Sweden, Jakob Tholander – Mobile Life, Stockholm University, Sweden, Contribution & Benefit: We describe and reflect on the workings of the Jacquard loom from the perspective of contemporary HCI: materiality, graspability, full body interaction, sustainability and age. ACM.

May 9, 2012, 16:30. (GMT – 6). Design Theory & Practice – Understanding Agency in Interaction Design Materials – Paper. Jakob Tholander – Mobile Life, Stockholm University, Sweden, Maria Normark – Södertörn University and Mobile Life Centre, Sweden, Chiara Rossitto – Stockholm University, Sweden. Contribution & Benefit: The notion of agency is used to analyse materiality in interaction design. We illustrate the various levels at which agency emerge in the context of intensive short-time prototyping sessions. ACM

Accepted papers for “CHI 2012 – it’s the experience”

In the end of the fall two of our researchers in Mediatechnology got accepted for one of the greatest conferences in the area of human-computer interaction – CHI (The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems).

CHI 2012 focus on the centrality of experience—from the models, theories and practical insights we need to understand and design for user experience to the irreplaceable value of experiencing innovation in our field through hands-on interactivity.

The accepted papers written by researchers from Media technology at Södertörn university are:

Ferneus, Y., Jonsson, Martin & Tholander, J. – ‘Revisiting the Jacquard Loom: Reflections on the materiality of digital machinery’

Tholander, J., Normark, Maria & Rossitto, C. – ‘Understanding Agency in Interaction Design Materials’

Congratulations to both!