Should cool be a design goal?

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Authors

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • HCI Centre
  • Institute of Education

Abstract

Recently HCI researchers have taken an interest in the concept of cool and how it can be harnessed in the design process. This is due to cool's potential positive impact on adoption and the wider user experience. In this paper we explore the concept of cool and the challenges faced in the study of cool in design. We highlight the lack of rigorous research and causal understanding of cool, the social nature of the concept, and the likely need of heavy marketing strategy to achieve such status as challenges to the setting of cool as a design goal. We propose that more needs to be understood about the behaviour of cool before it can be considered an appropriate design aim.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCI 2013 - 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference
Subtitle of host publicationThe Internet of Things
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of Things, HCI 2013 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sep 201313 Sep 2013

Conference

Conference27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of Things, HCI 2013
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period9/09/1313/09/13

Keywords

  • Cool technologies, Design, User experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas