Workshop at NordiCHI 2012 :: Future Interactions: Using Critical Design Approaches to Explore Urban Data Transactions

Final Call for Participation :: Workshop at NordiCHI 2012
August 17th, 2012 – Submission deadline of workshop papers
Future Interactions: Using Critical Design Approaches to Explore Urban Data Transactions

Workshop Website:

This interaction design workshop, at NordiCHI 2012 in Copenhagen, will
address the question of how we, as individuals, might gain value from
the exchange of data on a near-future urban setting. Together with a
rapid ethnographic study of data exchange, the workshop will adopt a
critical design approach as a means to reveal and examine potential
issues around the design for this new landscape. Critical design [1]
presents design as a catalyst or provocation for thought. It is a
strategy for exploring the space that lies tantalizingly beyond the
current and the now through the creation of “design fictions” [2]. At
the core of critical design is the attempt to challenge our assumptions
and preconceptions about the role that products and services play in
everyday life.

This is an active, interdisciplinary workshop encouraging dialogue
between researchers, technologists and design practitioners who are
interested in forming collaborative links. Through the generation of
design scenarios, participants will focus on the possible human-level
interactions that will occur during these activities. These interactions
will be explored through the creation of lo-fi prototypes. Participants
will consider and discuss the merits and potential uses of this kind of
approach.  It is hoped that new partnerships will be formed with the aim
of producing tangible “speculative” or “critical” design outputs as
means of exploring future-orientated interaction design scenarios.

Important Dates
August 17th, 2012 – Submission deadline of workshop papers
August 24th, 2012 – Notification of acceptance
October 14th, 2012 – Workshop at NordiCHI 2012

Workshop Organisers
Michael Smyth<>
Ingi Helgason<>
Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University Edinburgh,

Twitter: @urbanixd   Website:<;

Workshop Website:

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