As HCI progresses from information design to experience design, from inelegant artifacts to ambient intelligence, we must strive to understand the interaction of technology with the body, affect, and social cognition. A major current task of experience design is to identify the relevant parameters for particular types of experiences, such as those based on communicating closeness. This means better understanding certain codes or metaphors (e.g., "We are one") that tap the everyday background knowledge and experiences of people . As design expands from visuals to interactions to experiences, the craft of HCI is an increasingly complicated and important one;…
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