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Artifacts in Design: Representation, Ideation, and Process

D. Scott McCrickard, Virginia Tech
Michael E. Atwood, Drexel University
Gayle Curtis, Stanford University
Steve Harrison, Virginia Tech
Jon Kolko, frog design
Erik Stolterman, Indiana University at Bloomington
Shahtab Wahid, Virginia Tech



Call for Participation

Artifacts—representations that express characteristics such as the properties of the object itself or captured information such as design constraints—can serve to inspire, represent, and manage the decisions made throughout the design process. They can emerge naturally during the design process or be created and distributed to others to help inspire new design. The goal of the workshop is to gain common experiences with artifacts and artifact-centric design processes and tools from industry and academia. The workshop will be a combination of hands-on experience with diverse artifact-based design methods, sharing of research, and development of common issues. It is expected that participants will come to the workshop with expertise in one or more of the key areas: definition and representation of artifacts, the role of artifacts in design ideation, and artifact-centric processes and tools for design.

We invite designers and researchers who use, build, or study the use of artifacts in the process of design. Participants are asked to submit a position paper outlining the artifacts and techniques they are working with in relation to one or more of the key areas. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the workshop. During the workshop, selected participants are expected to share their approaches and try out the approaches of others to promote discussion of issues. Workshop outcomes will include identifying a core group of researchers, creating a poster, and taking steps toward a special issue of a journal or future workshop.

For a more complete description of this workshop, please refer to our extended abstract and proposal.


Workshop Format

The workshop will be held on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 and will last all day. Participants will be divided into groups to try the various hands-on activities throughout the workshop.


Important dates and Submission Instructions

Submission Deadline: January 6, 2010
Notification: January 18, 2010

Participants are asked to submit a 4 page position paper (focusing on one or more of the key areas) in the CHI extended abstract format and a short bio.  Please email both documents to artifact@vt.edu by the deadline. Feel free to contact us with any questions too.