We are pleased to announce the Pictorials accepted submissions will be included in the proceedings of DIS 2017 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 2017 Pictorials is 16 January 2017, which is the same deadline as the papers and notes deadline.


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 (e.g. Jarvis et al. 2012, Gaver 2011, Cameron et al. 2014, Bowers 2012, Blevis et al. 2015, 2012, Blevis 2011). The DIS 2017 Pictorials track builds on the success of DIS 2016 and DIS 2014. Pictorials are papers and essays 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 texts. In pictorials, production values and visual quality matters. Pictorials may have a practical or 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.


We welcome submissions related to the design of interactive systems as well as the conference theme of BRIDGING KNOWLEDGE, CONNECTING PEOPLE – across disciplines, practices, places and understandings.

In this broad context, submissions may cover diverse topics that include (but are not limited to):

  • design decisions affecting the material or interactive elements of prototypes
  • methodological approaches to design
  • successful attempts, failed attempts, challenges and lessons learned
  • deployments of interactive design artifacts
  • experiences in practice-based research
  • others insights, practices or processes often unmentioned in important phases of design research and practice

We encourage authors to be creative with their submissions and to compose highly visual submissions, which could consist of but are not limited to: design sketches, annotated images, illustrations and diagrams, field notes or sketches, or collages of images. Other important factors to consider in creating a Pictorial:

  • Production values for the images and/or diagrams (Quality of the Visual Presentation)
  • Clarity that the images/diagrams are at least co-equal to the texts
  • Well referenced within DIS and HCI especially, and outside of HCI where needed (but, please note: it is not necessary to reference everything about visual presentation that has ever been advanced by any discipline)
  • Clear implications for HCI and/or interaction design, however subtle. These may be analytic, generative, synthesis-oriented, etc.
  • Clear implications for societal benefits, in keeping with a values-oriented understanding of HCI.

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 adds. 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.



Pictorials should be submitted in the DIS 2017 Extended Abstract 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.

We strongly advise you to use an application such as InDesign to compose your pictorial, adapting and basing your layout on the current ACM extended abstract forms, an example InDesign template can be downloaded here.

All submissions should be anonymous and submitted via the DIS 2017 PCS system.


Review and Selection

Double blind-review submissions are juried by the DIS Pictorials program committee, recruited from academia and industry by the chairs of the format. Accepted DIS Pictorials will be distributed by the conference and in the ACM Digital Library where they will remain accessible to researchers and practitioners worldwide. Authors will be expected to attend the conference and will be assigned a time and location to present accepted submission to conference attendees.



You must submit your Notice of Intent (NOI) to submit a Paper, Note or Pictorial to the PCS submission system by 09 Jan 2017. The NOI is an entry in PCS with tentative author names, title and abstract. You can make changes as many times as you like before the final submission deadline of 16 Jan 2017. Note that this represents a compromise between the tight review schedule this year and the submission deadline being close to the public holidays. There will be no further extensions!


Pictorial Chairs

Lone Koefoed Hansen
Aarhus University

Andreas Unteidig
Berlin University of the Art

contact the chairs by sending an email to pictorials [AT]



Eli Blevis, Sabrina Hauser, and William Odom. 2015. Sharing the hidden treasure in pictorials. interactions 22, 3 (April 2015), 32-43.

Eli Blevis, Elizabeth Churchill, William Odom, James Pierce, David Roedl, & Ron Wakkary. Visual thinking & digital imagery. In Proc. CHI EA ’12. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2715-2718.

Eli Blevis. Digital imagery as meaning and form in HCI and design: an introduction to the Visual Thinking Backpage Gallery. interactions 18, 5 (September 2011), 60-65.

John Bowers. The logic of annotated portfolios: communicating the value of ‘research through design’. In Proc. DIS ’12. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 68-77.

David Cameron, Sabrina Hauser, Nadine Jarvis, and William Odom (Eds.). 2014. Pictorials. In Proc. DIS ’14. ACM, New York, NY, Pp. 121-160, 473-502. The pictorials are: Lorenzo Davoli and Johan Redström. 2014. Materializing infrastructures for participatory hacking; James Pierce and Eric Paulos. 2014. Some variations on a counterfunctional digital camera; Stephan Wensveen, Oscar Tomico, Martijn ten Bhömer, and Kristi Kuusk. 2014. Growth plan for an inspirational test-bed of smart textile services; Ron Wakkary, Audrey Desjardins, William Odom, Sabrina Hauser, and Leila Aflatoony. 2014. Eclipse: eliciting the subjective qualities of public places; Elisa Giaccardi, Elvin Karana, Holly Robbins, and Patrizia D’Olivo. 2014. Growing traces on objects of daily use: a product design perspective for HCI; Michael Shorter, Jon Rogers, and John McGhee. 2014. Practical notes on paper circuits; Eli Blevis. 2014. Stillness and motion, meaning and form; Diego Trujillo-Pisanty, Abigail Durrant, Sarah Martindale, Stuart James, and John Collomosse. 2014. Admixed portrait: reflections on being online as a new parent; William Odom, John Zimmerman, Jodi Forlizzi, Hajin Choi, Stephanie Meier, and Angela Park. 2014. Unpacking the thinking and making behind a user enactments project.

William Gaver. Making spaces: how design workbooks work. In Proc. CHI ’11. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1551-1560.

Nadine Jarvis, David Cameron, and Andy Boucher. Attention to detail: annotations of a design process. In Proc. NordiCHI ’12. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 11-20.