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Jon Kolko, Savannah College of Art and Design
Bill Lucas, MAYA Design

Message from Jon and Bill

Bill Lucas Jon Kolko

We are very pleased to join CHI in celebrating 25 years of scholarship by continuing to reach beyond the conference's historical constituencies. We are particularly excited about integrating the passion and expertise of design practitioners into the greater CHI community. We believe that design correlates with every dimension of human-computer interactivity. It sparks innovation, gives form to atoms and algorithms, enhances usability and stirs the human soul. In turn, we are seeking cases, conversations and courses that amplify the value of design.

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In 1982, CHI's inaugural year, Time magazine selected the personal computer as the "Machine of the Year." It was the first time a non-human 'abstract' was chosen for their annual "Man of the Year" distinction. Twenty-five years later, that seminal recognition of computer-human interaction has grown into an expansive industry. The field consists of various academic disciplines and professional practices with substantial overlap. We welcome "Design Community" participation that is nested in the blurry space between disciplines and invite contributions that feature design as a distinctive complement.

We especially encourage submissions that:

  • Champion the cause of designing for people first
  • Focus on design process as a whirlpool of method and intuition
  • Showcase new standards of emotional experience
  • Demonstrate aesthetic excellence
  • Advance the field of design research and rhetoric

Types of Submissions

Contemporary Trends and Experiences

Experience Reports

This submission type is oriented toward work that is of timely and broad interest and that is likely to provoke, intrigue and inspire the CHI audience. Ideally, these entries will highlight unique and novel approaches to design; case studies or completely designed artifacts; or processes and procedures used in the creation of designed artifacts.

To submit stories, demos and sketches, consider the following categories:

To submit topics for dialogue and deliberation, consider the following categories:

To submit ideas for topics that others may wish to learn more about, use the following category:

Please note that the copyright for entries of this submission type remains with the author. Therefore, entrants are free to use material as they like, including professional portfolios and submitting a paper based on the work to other conferences or journals.

The Human-Computer Interaction Archive


This submission type is oriented toward documenting work that makes a lasting and significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of human-computer interaction. We encourage submissions that strive to advance the field of design research and rhetoric in the academic traditions of the design community.

To submit scholarly work for archival publication, please consider the following categories:

Student Design Competition

This submission type provides an opportunity for students of design to participate in CHI and demonstrate their problem solving and design skills in an international competition against their peers. We encourage students studying all aspects of design to participate; click here to read more.

Novel Events and Activities

In this submission type, we welcome proposals for novel events and activities that might serve the goals of the Design Community; we will attempt to work with submitters to shape these proposals into activities that will advance exchange and enlightenment within communities. Please send suggestions directly to .


CHI 2007 will try to provide mentors for individuals who have not had work accepted at CHI before and would like assistance in preparing their submissions. Please see Mentoring for more information.

Review Process and Criteria

All work that is submitted to CHI is peer-reviewed.

All 'Contemporary Trends and Experiences" submissions will be reviewed based on the clarity of the information and the potential contribution to the application of design in HCI. The individual submission categories may have additional review criteria (which you can find in the description of each category).

All "Research for the archive" submissions are reviewed to the standards of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals, by criteria appropriate to human-computer interaction and appropriate to the academic traditions of the design community.

Preparing your Submission

Please see the pages on the HCI Archive and Contemporary Trends for details about what information is needed for each submission category.

Note that "Contemporary Trends and Experiences" submissions from the Design Community must be submitted in the Extended Abstracts format. This format has a page limit, grid structure, font and font-size requirements, all of which help to make the collected proceedings appear connected and consistent. However, within these constraints your submission can be predominantly pictures, all prose or any combination. Please use the fluidity of the canvas to best express your work.

If there is some reason why your work simply cannot be presented in one of these submission types, or in the Extended Abstracts format, then please contact us early, so that we can try to arrange something. Finally, please note that submissions arriving after the deadline will not be considered.

Upon Acceptance

You will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of your submission in late December 2006. Accepted submissions will be published in the conference Extended Abstracts. The contact person will receive instructions for preparing the final version of the extended abstract and other information about presentation logistics.

Design Community Submission Checklist

  1. Read all of the above material, decide on a submission category and carefully review the Submission Requirements section for the particular category you have selected.
  2. Prepare your submission in accordance with the format required by your submission category and test that your PDF file prints correctly.
  3. Upload your submission to the CHI 2007 submission web site no later than the date specified on the submission category pages.

Related Pages

CHI Papers
Due Sept 29, 2006

Experience Reports
Due Oct 20, 2006

Due Oct 20, 2006

Student Design Competition
Due Jan 12, 2007