Embracing First-Person Perspectives in Soma-Based Design

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  • Kristina Höök, Sweden
  • Baptiste Caramiaux, France
  • Cumhur Erkut, Denmark
  • Jodi Forlizzi, United States
  • Nassrin Hajinejad, Germany
  • Michael Haller, Austria
  • Caroline Hummels, Netherlands
  • Katherine Isbister, United States
  • Martin Jonsson, Sweden
  • George Khut, Australia
  • Lian Loke, Australia
  • Danielle Lottridge, Denmark
  • Patrizia Marti, Italy
  • Edward Melcer, United States
  • Florian Müller, Australia
  • Marianne Graves Petersen
  • Thecla Schiphorst, United States
  • Elena Marquez Segura, United States
  • Anna Ståhl, Sweden
  • Dag Svanæs, Norway
  • Jakob Thorlander, Sweden
  • Helena Tobiasson, Sweden
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 number2018,5,8
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018

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