Location-Based Games

‘Location-based games’ is another term used in HCI research that relates to interaction from the ground up theme. In this game, players were chased through the city by runners equipped with wifi and GPS sensors.

Benford, S., Crabtree, A., Flintham, M., Drozd, A., Anastasi, R., Paxton, M., Tandavanitj, N., et al. (2006). Can you see me now? ACM Trans. Comput.-Hum. Interact., 13(1), 100-133. doi:10.1145/1143518.1143522

Exertion Games

Lots of references to follow and makes some sensible sounding points for things you might want to consider when design such an interface.

Mueller, F. ‘., Gibbs, M. R., & Vetere, F. (2009). Design influence on social play in distributed exertion games. In Proceedings of the 27th international conference on Human factors in computing systems (pp. 1539-1548). Boston, MA, USA: ACM. doi:10.1145/1518701.1518938ß

UED2010 Wk3: Design Movement


  • Introductory lecture with Sietske Klooster.
  • Movement workshop.
  • Finding a place to design a ‘footwork’ for.
  • Presenting footworks to the class.


  • Present a designed object that trys to elicit the footwork.
  • Classmates try out first, then we discuss experiences.
  • Redesign object to refine the movment.
  • Present and try out again in the afternoon.
  • End with a little reflection session on the week.

UED2010 Wk 2: Design Research

Again, some brief notes about the second week of the course.


  • Continued with the servo-motor activity.
  • Concentrated on refining the movement towards the two words.
  • Got to a stage where the sculptures could be left to run by themselves.
  • Set up a little exhibition at 14:00. Invited the first years and staff.
  • Placed the cards out on the table and asked people to guess what the pair for each sculpture was.


  • Lecture in class on the idea of research though design.
  • Discussion of four papers on this topic.
  • Discussion of initial ideas for a design project.
  • We decided to run a video card game as a survey of possible interesting design contexts


Fallman, D. (2007). Why Research-Oriented Design Isn’t Design-Oriented Research: On the Tensions Between Design and Research in an Implicit Design Discipline. Knowledge, Technology & Policy, 20(3), 193-200. doi:Article

Wolf, T. V., Rode, J. A., Sussman, J., & Kellogg, W. A. (2006). Dispelling “design” as the black art of CHI. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human Factors in computing systems (pp. 521-530). Montréal, Québec, Canada: ACM. doi:10.1145/1124772.1124853

Wright, P., Blythe, M., & McCarthy, J. (2006). User Experience and the Idea of Design in HCI. In Interactive Systems (pp. 1-14). Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11752707_1

Zimmerman, J., Stolterman, E., & Forlizzi, J. (2010). An analysis and critique of Research through Design: towards a formalization of a research approach. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 310-319). Aarhus, Denmark: ACM. doi:10.1145/1858171.1858228

Additional references

A couple of additional references were mentioned in the lecture and discussions. These are included below.

Checkland, Mackay, Braa & Vigden, Frayling, Archer

Archer, B. (1995). The nature of research. Co-design, 6-13.

Braa, K., & Vidgen, R. (1995). Action Case: Exploring the middle kingdom in information system research methods. In Proceedings of 3rd Decennial Conference Computers in context: Joining Forces in Design (pp. 50-60). Århus, Denmark.

Checkland, P., & Holwell, S. (1998). Action Research: Its Nature and Validity. Systemic Practice and Action Research, 11(1), 9-21. doi:10.1023/A:1022908820784

Frayling, C. (1993). Research in Art and Design. Royal College of Art Research Papers, 1(1), 1-5.

Mackay, W. E., & Fayard, A. (1997). HCI, natural science and design: a framework for triangulation across disciplines. In Proceedings of the 2nd conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques (pp. 223-234). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: ACM. doi:10.1145/263552.263612

Power Laces

Power Laces 2 PROTOTYPE DEMO…..juh?