ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems, 9-13 June 2018, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Accepted submissions will be included in the Proceedings of DIS 2018 and will be considered archival publications – that is, they will be similarly double-blind peer reviewed and will stand as the same quality of contribution as technical program papers and short papers (or “Notes”). The deadline for DIS 2018 Pictorials is 8 January 2018, which is the same deadline as the papers and notes deadline. The PCS system is open and ready for submissions in October.
The DIS 2018 Pictorials track builds on the success of the Pictorials track in DIS from 2014-2017, and the recent addition of Pictorials in the Creativity and Cognition 2017 conference.
As design perspectives have increasingly become integrated in HCI practice and research, new opportunities are needed to communicate design practices, processes, products and artifacts to the HCI community. Pictorials may have a practical nature, a theoretical nature or both. Through DIS Pictorials, design practitioners in academia, industry, non-profits, or collectives are encouraged to express and unpack their design practices and projects in rich, heavily visual ways. This format will help foster discussions among authors, conference attendees, and the wider community through the sharing of methods, insights and lessons learned from engaging in the design of interactive systems and artifacts.
8 Jan, 2018: Full Submission. The submission system closes at 23:59 PST.
5 March 2018: Author Notification
28 March 2018: Papers/Notes, Pictorials camera ready due
Pictorials are papers in which the visual components (e.g. diagrams, sketches, illustrations, renderings, photographs, annotated photographs, collages) are at least as important and possibly more important than the accompanying text.
Importantly, Pictorials are not simply short papers. They work best when you need to show work that requires visual elements, like documentations of design processes, for example. Pictorials are a great form for reporting design work and also natural to designers, who are sometimes rightfully skeptical about how much power words have in capturing design.
Pictorials do not show design work only, however. Whatever is reported in a Pictorial must have research interest in the HCI community. Pictorials are meant to contribute to knowledge in themselves rather than document concepts, methods, and processes we already know.
What turns a design piece into a contribution to knowledge are normal research issues: a research question and an answer, a claim and an argument that supports the claim, and a proper contextualization in HCI literature (and beyond). Visual components can be contributions to design knowledge in and of themselves, as a form of making, but they should also be accompanied by a narrative that helps the HCI audience understand what the knowledge contribution is. It is this scaffolding that transforms a Pictorial into research and guarantees that it can be treated as an argument in research discourse.
Pictorials are not full papers either. A good pictorial requires precision and contextualization, but in terms of evidence and detail in argumentation, should aim at the level of a short paper (or note) rather than a full paper.
Submissions may cover diverse topics that include (but are not limited to):
In pictorials, production values and visual quality matters. We encourage authors to be creative with their submissions. Pictorial contents could consist of (but are not limited to):
Other important factors to consider in creating a Pictorial:
Another feature of Pictorials is that they must turn into engaging presentations at the DIS conference. Before submitting a pictorial, please think about the presentation:
Does the Pictorial:
Pictorials are expected to be original work created specifically for the pictorials track. Expect the track to be competitive and submit your best work. Expect an acceptance rate of around 20-25%.
Please do not submit work you have submitted elsewhere with a few images added. Doing so may violate dual submission rules. You may submit previously published work to which you have added significant visual content, provided only that such work is clearly and prominently attributed as such in a footnote to the title with a clear description of what the pictorial uniquely contributes or adds to the previous work. In this last case, at least 30% of the material must be new, per ACM rules.
You must be the author and copyright holder of all materials you submit, particularly all visual materials. Submitted work must comply with ACM policies.
All submissions should be anonymous and submitted via the PCS submission system, which opens in October, 2017. PCS conference system allows file sizes up to about 200 MB, but we suggest that you keep reviewers in mind and experiment with lower resolution to make the submission considerably smaller especially if you are using the ACM Word template.
Pictorials should be submitted in the DIS 2018 SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format, and not exceed 12 pages, excluding references.
The first page of the submission should include the submission’s title, author(s) and their affiliation(s) (leave blank for double blind review), and a written abstract of no more than 100 words succinctly describing the background and context of the pictorial as well as its contribution to the DIS community.
Further written parts known from other conference formats such as Introduction, Conclusion, Discussion, Acknowledgements, and References are optional. The main part of the submission should be an annotated visual composition and we encourage submissions to use the Extended Abstract format creatively—see the DIS pictorials example InDesign template, and a sample PDF file that shows possible layouts:
We strongly advise your to use the InDesign template to compose your pictorial. If you do not have access to InDesign, please use the current SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format in Word.
In DIS 2018, Pictorials follow a rigorous blind peer review process similar to Full Papers and Notes. The review process is managed by the Technical Program Chairs (TPC), the Pictorials Chairs for each theme, and Associate Chairs (ACs). Confidentiality of submissions is maintained throughout the review process.
Pictorials from previous DIS conferences are available from ACM Library. Here are excellent pictorials from prior years:
Eli Blevis. 2014. Stillness and motion, meaning and form. In Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS '14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 493-502. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2598510.2602963
Audrey Desjardins, Ron Wakkary, and William Odom. 2016. Behind the Lens: A Visual Exploration of Epistemological Commitments in HCI Research on the Home. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 360-376. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901910
Elvin Karana, Elisa Giaccardi, Niels Stamhuis, and Jasper Goossensen. 2016. The Tuning of Materials: A Designer's Journey. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM
Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 619-631. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901909
Heather McKinnon. 2016. Finding Design Value in Modern Mundanity. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1059-1071. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901906
Thomas Dykes, Jayne Wallace, Mark Blythe, and James Thomas. 2016. Paper Street View: A Guided Tour of Design and Making Using Comics. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 334-346. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901904
Pauline Gourlet and Thierry Dassé. 2017. Cairn: A Tangible Apparatus for Situated Data Collection, Visualization and Analysis. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 247-258. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064794
James Pierce and Carl DiSalvo. 2017. Dark Clouds, Io&#!+, and [Crystal Ball Emoji]: Projecting Network Anxieties with Alternative Design Metaphors. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1383-1393. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064795
You can contact the chairs by emailing pictorials [AT] dis2018.org