How Bodies Matter: Five Themes for Interaction Design

Scott R Klemmer, Björn Hartmann, Leila Takayama
DIS: ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 2006
Our physical bodies play a central role in shaping human experience in the world, understanding of the world, and interactions in the world. This paper draws on theories of embodiment from psychology, sociology, and philosophy synthesizing five themes we believe are particularly salient for interaction design: thinking through doing, performance, visibility, risk, and thick practice. We intro-duce aspects of human embodied engagement in the world with the goal of inspiring new interaction design ap-proaches and evaluations that better integrate the physical and computational worlds.