Embracing first-person perspectives in soma-based design

Kristina Höök, Baptiste Caramiaux, Cumhur Erkut, Jodi Forlizzi, Nassrin Hajinejad, Michael Haller, Caroline C. M. Hummels, Katherine Isbister, Martin Jonsson, George Poonkhin Khut, Lian Loke, Danielle Lottridge, Patrizia Marti, Edward Melcer, Floyd 'Floyd' Mueller, Marianne Graves Petersen, Thecla Schiphorst, Elena Márquez Segura, Anna Carin Fagerlind Ståhl, Dag SvanaesJakob Tholander, Helena Tobiasson

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A set of prominent designers embarked on a research journey to explore aesthetics in movement-based design. Here we unpack one of the design sensitivities unique to our practice: a strong first person perspective—where the movements, somatics and aesthetic sensibilities of the designer, design researcher and user are at the forefront. We present an annotated portfolio of design exemplars and a brief introduction to some of the design methods and theory we use, together substantiating and explaining the first-person perspective. At the same time, we show how this felt dimension, despite its subjective nature, is what provides rigor and structure to our design research. Our aim is to assist researchers in soma-based design and designers wanting to consider the multiple facets when designing for the aesthetics of movement. The applications span a large field of designs, including slow introspective, contemplative interactions, arts, dance, health applications, games, work applications and many others.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5010008
Number of pages26
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • movement-based interaction
  • somaesthetic design
  • aesthetics
  • somatics
  • first-person perspective

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