Designing human-centered technologies that generate affective experiences

Designing interactions aims to enrich our experiences with everyday technologies that are increasingly ubiquitous. Access to personal devices is on the rise, with the premise of enabling individuals to grow in many aspects of their lives, both personal (e.g. wellbeing) and professional (e.g. work, education, volunteering). This necessitates research on how these technologies can provide the benefits desired by individual users or user groups in responsible ways.

Affective Interactions lab builds upon a body of research in experience design combined with critical design to examine issues relevant to user motivation, opportunities for reflection, developing skills and self-knowledge. We aim to create knowledge about methods, tools and design opportunities to support user engagement with technologies through affect, core to human experiences, emotions and behaviours. Emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality), interactions and materials are key to our research.

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