Call: “Designing for Peripheral Interaction: Seamlessly integrating interactive technology in everyday life” (Special issue of IxD&A)


“Designing for Peripheral Interaction: seamlessly integrating interactive technology in everyday life”
SPECIAL ISSUE in the Interaction Design and Architecture(s) journal (IxD&A)



Saskia Bakker (1), Doris Hausen (2), Elise van den Hoven (3, 1), Ted Selker (4)

(1) Industrial Design Department, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
(2) Human-Computer-Interaction Group, University of Munich (LMU), Germany
(3) Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
(4) Carnegie Mellon University, Silicon Valley, USA


Submission deadline: 1st July, 2015
Reviews available: 1st August, 2015
Revisions due: 1st September, 2015
Notification: 1st October, 2015
Camera ready versions due: 20th October, 2015
Publication: second half of November, 2015


In everyday life, we can easily perform various activities without focused attention. For example, we can tie our shoelaces or know what the weather is like without consciously thinking about it. Such activities are performed in our periphery of attention while they may also shift to the center of attention when relevant. Contrarily, interactive devices such as smartphones usually require focused attention to be interacted with. Since such devices are becoming omnipresent in our daily environment, we need to explore how to design technology such that it can engage both the focus and periphery of attention. This direction, which is called “peripheral interaction”, aims to seamlessly embed computing technology into everyday life.

With computers now becoming truly ubiquitous in everyday life, certain interactions with computing technologies will inevitably not concern our focus of attention. While various past efforts in this domain aimed to subtly present information such that people can perceive it in their periphery of attention, we now see an upcoming interest in interactive systems that people can physically interact with in their periphery of attention. This special issue aims to unify the various terminologies used and will furthermore try to consolidate motivation for and framing of the work. This issue aims to enable a platform for a wide academic discussion on peripheral interaction and its value for embedding HCI in everyday life.


The special issue welcomes original research papers in the broad area of peripheral interaction. Possible contributions may include but are not limited to:

  • Design, human-computer interaction, art and architecture work on technology embedded in the everyday environment
  • Issues of embedding computing technology in everyday natural settings, including
    • Future visions of interactive system use
    • Explorations and evaluations of design for everyday life
    • Analysis of challenges and opportunities
    • Design and art work involving technology for the everyday
    • Explorations of everyday attention management
  • Interaction designs for peripheral attention, including
    • Eyes free interaction
    • Micro interaction
    • Implicit interaction
    • Peripheral displays
    • Auditory displays
    • Ambient media
    • Awareness systems
    • Gesture interfaces
    • Inattentive interaction
    • Tangible interaction
    • Embodied interaction
  • New design processes, methodologies, technologies and evaluation approaches for peripheral interaction
  • Peripheral interaction for specific contexts and target groups
  • Tools and strategies to develop everyday interactive systems


The manuscripts should be submitted in Word-format. All submissions will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Prospective authors are invited to submit papers of 8 to 14 pages (including authors’ information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.). The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors’ guidelines (see

The online submission system will soon be open for submissions.

More information on the submission procedure and on the characteristics of the paper format can be found on the website of IxD&A Journal where information on the copyright policy and responsibility of authors, publication ethics and malpractice are published.

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