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Towards a participatory approach for interaction design based on conceptual metaphor theory: a case study from music interaction

Wilkie, Katie; Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul (2013). Towards a participatory approach for interaction design based on conceptual metaphor theory: a case study from music interaction. In: Holland, Simon; Wilkie, Katie; Mulholland, Paul and Seago, Allan eds. Music and Human-Computer Interaction. Cultural Computing. London: Springer, pp. 259–270.

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"Music Interaction" is the term for interaction design within the domain of music. In areas such as music, the ability to engage effectively in certain activities tends to be restricted to those who have acquired detailed knowledge of domain-specific theories, terminologies, concepts or processes. It can be challenging to design or enhance user interfaces for software able to support novices in these kinds of musical activities. One promising approach to this challenge involves translating musicians’ implicit domain knowledge into patterns known as conceptual metaphors, which are metaphorical ex-tensions of recurring patterns of embodied experience applied to abstract domains, and using this information to inform interaction designs for music. This approach has been applied experimentally with some success to designing user interfaces. However, to the best of our knowledge, this present work is the first to consider in detail the use of Conceptual Metaphor Theory as a key component of a partici-patory design process. In this chapter we present a participatory approach to Music Interaction design based on the principles of Conceptual Metaphor Theory. We posit that such an approach will facilitate the development of innovative and intuitive interaction designs for both novices and experts alike.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2013 Springer
ISBN: 1-4471-2989-X, 978-1-4471-2989-9
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Computing & Communications
Mathematics, Computing and Technology
Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 35070
Depositing User: Simon Holland
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 16:45
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