CfP – Special Issue

Intermediate-level knowledge in Child-Computer Interaction

A special issue in IxD&A (Interaction Design and Architecture (s)) Journal

Guest Editors:

  • Olof Torgersson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Eva Eriksson, Aarhus University, Denmark; Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Wolmet Barendregt, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Tilde Bekker, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Important dates:

  • Deadline: March 10, 2019
  • Notification to the authors: April 15, 2019
  • Camera ready paper: May 10, 2019
  • Publication of the special issue: end of May, 2019


HCI researchers have contributed to the field of interaction design beyond the specific technologies they develop with (other) design knowledge such as design methods, patterns, heuristics, principles, and guidelines. Several other forms of intermediate-level knowledge have also been articulated for HCI as a whole, such as bridging concepts and strong concepts, as well as design critiques and annotated portfolios. Recently, this intermediate-level knowledge – residing between theory and artefact –  has been suggested as a specific, lasting contribution of design research to interaction design. Developing intermediate-level knowledge can be seen as a way to develop a research field further, providing an opportunity to build up knowledge over multiple artefacts and projects.

As the Child-Computer Interaction field is maturing, we can see the intermediate-level knowledge space getting increasingly populated, for instance with specific methods and tools. However, there seem to be fewer design patterns, design critiques, strong concepts or annotated portfolios.

In this special issue we invite researchers and practitioners to contribute with original papers about their endeavours to develop or actively engage with intermediate-level knowledge for the CCI field. We also invite researchers to discuss and question whether intermediate-level knowledge is necessarily the right way forward for the maturation of the field, and possibly suggest alternative ways of extracting and communicating design knowledge for CCI from either theories or artefacts within CCI or closely related fields.

Topics of Interest:

  • examples of approaches to developing intermediate-level knowledge in CCI
  • various forms of intermediate-level knowledge in CCI from a generative perspective, meaning that it has lead to new design ideas and possibilities.
  • approaches to determine generative power of different types of intermediate-level knowledge
  • alternative approaches and critiques to intermediate-level knowledge

Submission procedure:

All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication venue.

The manuscripts should be submitted anonymized either in .doc or in .rtf format.

All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Perspective participants are invited to submit a 8-20 pages paper (including authors’ information, abstract, all tables, figures, references, etc.).

The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors’ guidelines.

Submission page -> 

(when submitting the paper please choose Domain Subjects under: ‘IxD&A focus section on: Intermediate-level knowledge in CCI’)

For scientific advice and for any queries please contact the guest-editors:

  • olof [dot] torgersson [at] cse [dot] gu [dot] se
  • evae [at] cc [dot] au [dot] dk
  • wolmet [dot] barendregt [at] ait [dot] gu [dot] se
  • m [dot] m [dot] bekker [at] tue [dot] nl

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