Seminar: Products, Interaction, Design – It’s all about designing experiences

Prof. Dr. Marc Hassenzahl, Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, Germany. February 26, 2013. Pufendorf Institute, Sölvegatan 2/Biskopsgatan 3, Lund. Lecture room on ground floor.  15 – 18.30

Instead of solely focusing on form, materiality, and instrumentality, designers and researchers now embrace emotion, story, and meaning. Through this, a good part of any (interactive) products becomes intangible – experiences created or mediated through the product. I argue that those experiences must be designed, too. They must become an explicit objective of design, not only an appreciated by-product. They must be even considered before the product. In this view, experiences are stories told through the product and the designer is foremost an author of those stories. Only after having outlined the desired emotional and cognitive content of an experience, the action involved, its context and temporal structure, we can start designing the product. And then, each and every detail (content, functionality, presentation, interaction) has to be scrutinized according to its potential to create or destroy the desired experience.

Creating and shaping experiences requires a profound knowledge of the psychology of pleasure, intrinsic motivation, happiness and well-being and expertise of putting this knowledge into action. This talk motivates Experience Design and highlights emerging themes as well as the consequences of pursuing these themes for the way future technologies will be.

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Gender-Technology Relations. Exploring Stability and Change

Lecture by Dr. Hilde G. Corneliussen, associate professor in Digital Culture, University of Bergen, Norway.  In her lecture she will explore the question of stability and change in gender-technology relations in a historical perspective.  Among the examples you will meet cultural discourses warning women against being “sent back to the kitchen sink” unless they develop an interest for computers; recruitment initiatives inviting women to computer science because they are good at communicating with people; female computer experts presented as not-(masculine)-nerds; and computer competent women using femininity to surprise their environments.

  • Date: Tuesday November 27
  • Time: 15.15-16.45 followed by film ab discussion 17.00-18.00
  • Place: Room 201, Kulturanatomen, Biskopsgatan 7

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Seminar: Friending the Prime Minister

The Culture and Use of Political Interaction on Social Media

What happens when people start friending their prime minister and politicians wash all their dirty laundry in front of a curious social media audience? In recent years, politicians and political parties have started to use social media extensively as part of their political campaigning in relation to local and national elections for parliament.  What does “political life” in social media look like currently and historically, and how do users in fact engage with politics and politicians? Is there such a thing as a “political culture” in the social media sphere and if so, what does it look like? This lecture will discuss these questions and more, primarily based on the study of use of social media in Danish election campaigns from 2005 to 2011.

Lecture 4 October by Lisbeth Klastrup, Associate Professor at the IT-University of Copenhagen, in Room 201 in Kulturanatomen 13.15–14.45  followed by exercises in the computer lab 15.00-16.00. Read more about this and other HEX Digital Cultures Seminar Series here.

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HEX seminar: At the Confluence of Ideologies

HEX DIGITAL CULTURES SEMINAR SERIES
Patrick T. Gavin and Ahmad M. Kamal, Faculty of Media and Information, University of Western Ontario, London, Kanada
April 27, 13.15–15
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund. Room 202, 1st floor, in Kulturanatomen at Biskopsgatan 7.
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