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Join the CHI 2010 Design SIG

Message from the Chairs

This is an exciting time for Design. Old guard and new school are both making way for a transcendent spirit of innovation and exploration that seeks new territory – leaving the comfort and the anxiety of silos behind. In practice and in pedagogy, Design is now a practice that bridges many disciplines. New leaders inside organizations are encouraging people out of the silos and driving the expansion of methodology and meaning in Design. Once a peculiar outlier, today’s designer is a hybrid being who is comfortable leading in her field while she weaves new connections well beyond the domains that shaped her horizons.

This is an exciting time for Design at CHI. Thinking about what we design, how we design, and why, is helping us shape digital technologies that influence not just our lived experiences but also the world we inhabit. Over the last few years, the Design Community has slowly emerged as the one of the most successful and visible communities at CHI. Exciting new venues and changes to existing venues mean that there are more avenues than ever for designers, researchers, artists, and performers to present innovative methods, tools, and solutions that bridge research and practice, present the potential of our craft, as well as demonstrate new approaches and models to understand Design in a broader context. Most importantly for us, a strong Design Community at CHI means more opportunities for sharing challenges and opportunities with our colleagues in User Experience, Management, and Engineering Communities. We can see opportunities, set challenges, and meet them – and we can do so with the finest and most innovative minds in the Human Factors community. – Exciting indeed!

This year, the Design Community will provide you with even more opportunities to engage in the discussion about design. Keep an eye out for invited talks by designers and people shaping Design; design community events where you can participate and add to the community – and maybe show-off a little. Finally, we will have our the annual special interest group (SIG) meeting to seek new avenues of intersection for the Design Community at CHI.

But don’t wait for the SIG – start thinking about Design@CHI2010 now!

Every spring we come together to celebrate, to share, and to learn. So much to see and do in so little time – but the conference is only a small part of SIGCHI. 24/7/365 you are out there thinking, making, creating, and connecting. We encourage you to think about this as an annual chance to look back. As you reflect on CHI in 2009/2010, ask yourself:

  • What do you want to see?
  • Who do you want to meet?
  • What do you want to do?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • What do you want to say?
  • How do you want to communicate?
  • What do you want to leave behind?
We want to hear your ideas about what is the legacy of the CHI Design Community. In fact – we want to SEE them!

If ‘we are HCI’ – tell us who you are!

If you have ideas or wish to talk about participating in community events, please drop us an email. You can also send ideas by telepathy, quantum transport, time travel – heck, we’ll even take ‘snail mail’!

Feel free to include videos, pictures, prototypes, or giant robots that speak lolcat. The best part about a community is that it thrives on ideas. We look forward to hearing from you.

Anijo Punnen Mathew
IIT Institute of Design

Scott G. Pobiner
Parsons, the New School for Design

Contact: design@chi2010.org

Types of Submissions

Of course the very best way to be heard is to share your genius with the world! This year, we invite designers to participate through the Design Community at CHI 2010. You can still submit work through the following categories:

For more information you can follow any of the links above, or see the Call for Participation.

But is my work appropriate for CHI?


To present at CHI 2010, all you need to have is some new information that will advance the field of Design in important ways. If you are using digital technologies to look at relevant design issues in human centered technology, then it is likely important and we would like to hear from you. For each type of forum there are additional criteria listed for it in the Call for Participation. If you prepare a submission that focuses on the Design, we will make every effort to get it to reviewers who are technically knowledgeable, experienced, and passionate about Design.

We are also looking for designers and practitioners to review specific submissions. If you would like to make yourself available to review a few submissions, then please volunteer as a reviewer.

Preparing Your Submission

You must prepare your submission in the format that is required for each type. Please use the term “design” in the title, abstract, or author’s keywords to help us get it to qualified reviewers. You can contact design@chi2010.org if you have questions about submitting. We encourage you to check the due dates, read the requirements for your submission ideas, and start now, if you haven’t already.

Important Dates

Past deadlines: