The 18th British HCI Group Annual Conference
Leeds Metropolitan University, UK 6-10 September 2004
As designers, evaluators and implementers of interactive systems we have great responsibility. The systems we design impact upon the lives of the people who use them - for good or ill. Researchers, practitioners and educators from around the world came together at HCI2004 to explore the theme of Design for Life.
Design for Life
The 18th British HCI Group Annual Conference Leeds Metropolitan University, UK 6-10 September 2004
Join researchers, practitioners and educators from around the world at HCI2004 where we will be exploring the theme of Design for Life. As designers, evaluators and implementers of interactive systems we have great responsibility. The systems we design impact upon the lives of the people who use them - for good or ill.
Design for Life has many facets. It is design for quality of life: designing systems that are liberating, humane and enabling, and which recognise the user’s individuality, rather than constraining, mechanical and dehumanising. It is design for real life: ensuring what we do makes a difference in every day experience and is relevant to the person on the street.
It is design for all aspects of life: for work, for leisure, for travel, for fun. It is design for community life: supporting society, government, learning and health. It is design for the richness of life, recognising that successful interaction is as much about experience, emotion, satisfaction and creativity as it is about task, productivity and effect.
It is design for the whole life from childhood to older adulthood. It is design for the diversity of life: for users with diverse needs, from diverse cultures and with different perspectives and priorities. Finally it is design for long life: not focusing on passing phases and fads but on products that adapt to changing needs and on approaches that can contribute to sustainable developments. Some of these concerns are traditional ones for HCI; others are new challenges that we must face.
Following the theme of Design for Life, the HCI 2004 conference provides a forum for us to tackle these and other related issues. The conference will include an exciting range of presentations, panels, workshops, tutorials and interactive demonstrations, as well as special events to explore the commercial and industrial benefits of HCI research and practice. We invite both practicioners and researchers to participate and together explore how we can design products that enhance the lives of their users.
The British HCI Group is pleased to cooperate with the European Association of Cognitive Ergonomics (EACE), whose conference, ECCE-12, is being held in neighbouring York, immediately after HCI’2004.
To assist those intending to come to both events, we are extending our member registration rates to EACE and IEA members as well as to our usual partners. British HCI Group members will receive similar discounts on the ECCE-12 conference. In addition, a special social event will be arranged on the Saturday night in York for delegates who are attending both conferences. So why not take the opportunity to meet with colleagues at both these events, which have many common themes.
The main theme of ECCE-12, 'Living and Working with Technology', is intended to reflect the changes in focus that have occurred in technology and cognitive ergonomics. Technology is now as much about leisure and socialising as it is about work and productivity. Cognitive ergonomics has accordingly become increasingly concerned with how people enjoy, live and work with technology in their daily lives. ECCE looks to encourage dialogue among the diverse disciplines that contribute. It aims to have contributions that examine psychological, social, and cultural aspects of living with technology, as well as those that describe and reflect on designs and design processes.
For further information please see http://www.ecce12.org.uk/index.htm.