Call: Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013

Poetics and Praxis: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces 2013

3-5 september 2013
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

We are excited to invite submissions for the 6th International conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, hosted by Northumbria University at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, UK 3rd  leading venue for designers, artists, psychologists, systems engineers, social scientists and many more to come together to debate and define future design research and practice. This year’s conference is hosted by Northumbria University (UK) and will be held on the riverbanks of the Tyne in the glorious BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art between the 3-5 of September 2013. DPPI 2013 will also be co-located with the first biannual Research Through Design conference.


This year’s conference theme is Poetics and Praxis. With this year’s theme we wish to reflect on the great changes that have occurred in design research, human-computer interaction and interaction design since the first DPPI conference in 2003. We wish to celebrate the diversification and growth of research studying and exploring the role of fun, enjoyment, pleasure, intimacy and emotion as a central feature of the everyday experience of products, services and technologies and as resources for new design ideas. As an interdisciplinary venue, DPPI welcomes submissions from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds including: design, human-computer interaction, engineering, the arts and humanities, social science and psychology. We call for the submission of a broad range of research outcomes related to the experiential, emotional and aesthetic qualities of design as it relates to graphical, tangible and wearable interfaces. Specifically, however, we encourage submissions addressing the diversity of poetics in design, such as:

  • Desire
  • Creativity
  • Art
  • Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Craft
  • Tradition
  • Talent
  • Gaming
  • Play
  • Humour
  • Embodiment
  • Mythology
  • Sublimity
  • Utopianism

Papers published at DPPI 2013 are archival publications and therefore represent a significant contribution to interaction design, product design and human-computer interaction research and practice.

All submissions should be formatted using the DPPI 2013 Word template –

Sorry LaTex users, but it is not supported by DPPI. Papers should be no longer than 10 pages. All submissions should be anonymised for peer review and submitted via the DPPI precision conference submission system.


1st June 2013: Submission deadline
8th July 2013: Author notifications
24th July 2013: Camera-ready deadline
3rd-5th September 2013: DPPI 2013 conference


All papers will be rigorously double blind reviewed by members of the conference programme committee and peer experts. This year, the DPPI organisers are trialling a novel method of peer review whereby all submitting authors agree to review three other submissions to the conference (that is three reviews per submission, not per author). The programme committee may ask authors for specific changes as a condition of publication based upon the reviews.

If you have any questions at all, please contact the conference general chairs at the following email address:


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