Embracing First Person Perspectives in Soma-Based Design

Kristina Höök, Baptiste Caramiaux, Cumhur Erkut, Jodi Forlizzi, Nassrin Hajinejad, Michael Haller, Caroline C. M. Hummels, Katherine Isbister, Martin Jönsson, George Khut, Lian Loke, Danielle Lottridge, Patrizia Marti, Edward Melcer, Florian Floyd Müller, Marianne Graves Petersen, Thecia Schiphorst, Elena Márguez Segura, Anna Ståhl, Dag SvanæsJakob Tholander, Helena Tobiasson

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A set of prominent designers embarked on a research journey to explore aesthetics in movement-based design. Here we unpack one of the design sensitivities unique to our practice: a strong first person perspective—where the movements, somatics and aesthetic sensibilities of the designer, design researcher and user are at the forefront. We present an annotated portfolio of design exemplars and a brief introduction to some of the design methods and theory we use, together substantiating and explaining the first-person perspective. At the same time, we show how this felt dimension, despite its subjective nature, is what provides rigor and structure to our design research. Our aim is to assist researchers in soma-based design and designers wanting to consider the multiple facets when designing for the aesthetics of movement. The applications span a large field of designs, including slow introspective, contemplative interactions, arts, dance, health applications, games, work applications and many others.
Original languageEnglish
Article number8
Issue number1
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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  • Activities

    • 1 Conference presentations

    Workshop: Training, Sharing, and Enacting: Somaesthetics of Rhythmic Interaction

    Cumhur Erkut (Lecturer) & Sofia Dahl (Lecturer)

    28 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations

    Research Output

    • 40 Citations
    • 3 Article in proceeding

    Incorporating virtual reality in an embodied interaction course

    Erkut, C. & Dahl, S., 28 Jun 2018, Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing, MOCO 2018. Association for Computing Machinery, 6 p. a45

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Beyond command and control: Sketching embodied interaction

    Erkut, C. & Rajala-Erkut, A., 18 Apr 2015, CHI EA '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference. Association for Computing Machinery, Vol. 18. p. 1681-1686 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Exploring felt qualities of embodied interaction with movement and sound

    Erkut, C., Rajala-Erkut, A. & Dahl, S., 2015, Arts and Technology: Fourth International Conference, ArtsIT 2014, Istanbul, Turkey, November 10-12, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. Brooks, A. L., Ayiter, E. & Yazicigil, O. (eds.). Springer, p. 77-85 9 p. (Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST, Vol. 145).

    Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingArticle in proceedingResearchpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

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    Höök, K., Caramiaux, B., Erkut, C., Forlizzi, J., Hajinejad, N., Haller, M., Hummels, C. C. M., Isbister, K., Jönsson, M., Khut, G., Loke, L., Lottridge, D., Marti, P., Melcer, E., Müller, F. F., Graves Petersen, M., Schiphorst, T., Segura, E. M., Ståhl, A., ... Tobiasson, H. (2018). Embracing First Person Perspectives in Soma-Based Design. Informatics, 5(1), [8]. https://doi.org/10.3390/informatics5010008