05 December 2007

"Cute" interactive media and other conferences

Ever wondered how Japan seems to have cornered the market on cute? The genius behind the classic Hello Kitty and the multiplicity of Pokemon is no accident. It turns out cute can be deviously calculated and even research-based. If you're still skeptical, check out the "Designing Cute Interactive Media" Workshop being held as part of the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems...

"Cuteness has an effective design philosophy that can be used in many areas to make emotionally engaging user interactive systems, as well as evaluate existing systems. Cuteness can also be included as an engineering design framework that can assist designers and engineers when creating engaging interactive systems that motivate the user in a happy, positive manner. "

Or so says the workshop advert (more info at cutemedia.org). Let us know if you learn something about how cute can be harnessed for learning.

More conferences in design and learning include ED-MEDIA 2008 - the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications, which will be held in Vienna, Austria this year from June 30 to July 4.

Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) "this annual conference serves as a multi-disciplinary forum for the discussion and exchange of information on the research, development, and applications on all topics related to multimedia, hypermedia and telecommunications/distance education."

Topics include...
  • Human-Computer Interaction,
  • Interactive learning environments and
  • Interface design, among many others.

Make it a double feature and hop over to Cantabria, Spain for the The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies: "Learning technologies in the Information society", ICALT 2008.

Topics include

  • HCI guidelines and principles for educational systems and

  • Web 2.0 and social computing for learning and instruction, among many others.