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Experience as Skill: The Somatic Turn in Human-Computer Interaction

  • Enriches understanding of the intertwined histories of somatics and human-computer interaction

  • Clarifies the theoretical basis of somatic approaches to experience-based technology design, including phenomenology and pragmatism

  • Includes case studies of practice that illustrate the application of a somatically-attuned design framework

Part of the book series: Human–Computer Interaction Series (HCIS)

About this book

This book shows how HCI designers and practitioners can incorporate a somatic perspective or sensibility into interaction design. It demonstrates how experiential techniques can be used to support design and evaluation of user experience methods within HCI.

Multiple examples are included using case studies to illustrate somatic approaches to the design of technology, contextualising the history of somatic methods within HCI and highlighting the relationships between user experiences and the application of somatic principles.

The benefits and challenges of integrating somatic approaches in a technological context is illustrated and there is coverage of body-based somatic and somaesthetic strategies and how to apply these in research. The differences in epistemological assumptions are identified through contextual practice, discussion and case studies with a strong emphasis on multi-modal examples.


  • interaction design
  • somatic connoisseuriship
  • embodied interaction
  • epistemologies of practice
  • somaesthetic experience

Authors and Affiliations

  • SIAT, Simon Fraser University SIAT, Surrey, Canada

    Thecla Schiphorst

  • Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

    Lian Loke

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