Conference article

Design Research Themes for Mindful Interaction

Lena Kühn
IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Charlotte Hermann
IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Laurens Boer
IT University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Published in: SHI 2019. Proceedings of the 17th Scandinavian Conference on Health Informatics, November 12-13, 2019, Oslo, Norway

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 161:5, p. 24-29

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Published: 2019-11-07

ISBN: 978-91-7929-957-6

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


The increasing excessive, automated or unaware use of smartphones calls for a better understanding and design of ‘mindful’ interactions with this device. In this 2-week study with 11 participants we focus on the influence of the operating system’s interface in inviting for ‘mindful’ or ‘mindless’ interactions. Patterns of smartphone use were studied with a standard interface for the first week, and a reconfigured interface for the second week - the reconfigured interface being designed for more intentional use. Based on the study results we formulate a set of 5 design research themes for mindful interaction, and illustrate them in a conceptual proposal.


Mindful interaction, mobile technology, interaction design, human computer interaction, user friendliness.


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