More than Human Aesthetics: Interactive Enrichment for Elephants

French, Fiona; Mancini, Clara and Sharp, Helen (2020). More than Human Aesthetics: Interactive Enrichment for Elephants. In: DIS '20: Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, ACM pp. 1661–1672.



Species-specific aesthetics is an important consideration for interaction designers working with animals. The paper explores the concept of species-specific aesthetics with particular reference to elephants. Applying existing aesthetic dimensions and design principles to the challenge of designing interactive enrichment for them, we show how the insights gained can inform more than human centered design in different settings. We offer a multi faceted, multi- sensory lens for examining an animal-centred aesthetic experience of technology.

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