Toying with time: Considering temporal themes in interactive artifacts
Paper in proceeding, 2013

This paper argues that there is a value in deliberately and systematically exploring potential temporal behaviors of an interactive artifact, either as a means to add new functions, or to change the interaction with it. An improved version of Temporal Themes [23] - a vocabulary describing how software can "use" time or sequences of events - will be presented, alongside a series of design cases. These exemplify how adding or changing temporal themes in existing applications can enhance functionality and/or interaction. Moreover, the cases also serve as a basis for a discussion of the issues coupled to temporality, control and interaction strategies. Finally, a design approach with focus on temporal aspects is outlined. As a result, the paper opens up for a more conscious use of time and temporality in interaction design.

Design method

Temporal themes



Interaction design


Sus Lundgren

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers), Interaction design

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

978-145031899-0 (ISBN)

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Human Computer Interaction





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