2023 Call for Pictorials
Deadlines are specified as Anywhere on Earth time.
- Title and Abstract submission deadline: January 23, 2023 11:59 p.m.
- Pictorials submission deadline: January 30, 2023 11:59 p.m.
- Notifications: April 3, 2023 11:59 p.m.
- Camera-ready completion deadline: April 24, 2023 11:59 p.m.
- Joep Frens, Eindhoven University of Technology
- Miriam Sturdee, Lancaster University
- Kartikeya Satish Acharya, Aarhus University, Denmark
- Sookyung Cho, University of California in Los Angeles, USA
- Josh Urban Davis, Dartmouth College, USA
- Daniel Echeverri, Masarykova Univerzita, Czech Republic
- Mafalda Gamboa, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
- David Green, Lancaster University, UK
- Bart Hengeveld, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
- Chang Hee Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea
- Makayla Lewis, Kingston University, UK
- Patrick Lichty, Winona State University, USA
- Daniel Rosenberg Munoz, Carnegie Melon University, USA
- Martin Murer, University of Salzburg, Austria
- Brian O’Keefe, SUNY Farmingdale State College, USA
- Gillian Russell, Simon Fraser University, Canada
- Daisy Yoo, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
Venue, Overall Conference Theme, and Pictorials
This year, C&C takes place online. The visual nature of pictorials provides an excellent opportunity to address this year’s overall conference theme of Organic Creative Spaces. We encourage researchers to draw inspiration from this theme.
We invite pictorial submissions that interpret this theme broadly, push the boundaries of the visual format, and exhibit professional quality in every detail.
We anticipate creating a pictorial gallery in the Gather.Town venue for displaying pictorials for attendees to view (though participation in this gallery is optional). To see an example of this gallery visit the C&C 2021 online Gather.Town site.
A Very Brief History of Pictorials
Pictorials in the ACM digital library first appear in the proceedings of DIS 2014 and have continued to appear annually since. Pictorials first appeared at C&C 2017 and have continued ever since.
TEI also now has a pictorials track. Importantly, pictorials have received the same standards of review as papers and are considered an archival contribution. At C&C in particular, pictorials are presented and archived as equivalent to full papers. The pictorials track at C&C operates like a subcommittee of the papers track at CHI. See acknowledgements below for a more detailed account of whom has contributed and established the form.
In addition to the instructions below, we emphasize that authors must provide a clear statement of contribution. We recommend that the contribution statement addresses their work in relation to the conference theme.
Pictorials must be submitted using the C&C 2023 Pictorials templates (below) and not exceed 12 pages, excluding references. On the first page of the submission please keep with the template and 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 150 words succinctly describing the background and context of the pictorial as well as its contribution to the C&C 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 format creatively. The templates do not themselves include any example images nor variety of layout suggestions in order not to restrict authors’ imaginations in pushing at the boundaries of the form. The pictorial form requires that the visual materials are primary. Please see the lists of published pictorials below for a starting point.
PCS allows file sizes up to about 150 MB, but we suggest that you keep reviewers in mind and experiment with lower resolution to make the submission considerably smaller.
We strongly advise you to use the InDesign template to compose your Pictorial. If you do not have access to InDesign, please use the Word or PowerPoint templates.
The templates for 2023:
C&C 2023 inDesign Template Package (download)
C&C 2023 Word Template (download)
C&C 2023 PowerPoint Template (download)
Many thanks to Sabrina Hauser for her work on these templates over the years.
Important Notes on Format – Please Read Carefully
Pictorials must be submitted as camera ready as these will not be managed by the standard TAPS or other existing systems, and only minor changes (typos, postscript errors etc.) may be made after acceptance.
For a pictorial submission, it is important to recognize that the image should be centered and celebrated: we are positioned to make the most of the visual image and its inherent storytelling. This is not to say that text is discouraged, but the primary aim of this format is to provide a venue for researchers and practitioners whose outputs may not fit the traditional “mode” of textual paper outputs. In essence – we are de-centering text.
For your pictorial submission, please only use the three formats we offer here (InDesign, Word and Powerpoint) – otherwise your pictorial may not be considered. Other programs can make editing difficult and file size can become a problem (e.g. Figma). If you have valid reasons why these formats are not possible, please contact the chairs in advance to discuss alternatives.
Important Note on Accessibility
Although the general instructions for ACM papers have changed this year, pictorials continue in the landscape format that has been developed for them. The templates above are the same as those introduced for DIS 2020 pictorials, except with the headers changed. One of the primary reasons that ACM is moving to a new publications workflow for papers is accessibility. Pictorials authors are required to be sure that they produce accessible work. Please be sure that “Enable Accessibility and Reflow with tagged Adobe PDF” is checked when you create your PDF submissions file. Please be sure that all images have correct associated Alt Text. Please see:
Where to Submit
Please submit via the Precision Conference (PCS) website here:
Once you have logged into the PCS website, select the following options (which will become available early next year) under “Submissions” and click the Go button.
- Society: SIGCHI
- Conference/Journal: Creativity & Cognition 2023
- Track: Creativity & Cognition 2023 Pictorials
Review and Selection
Double blind-review submissions are juried by the C&C Pictorials program committee, recruited from academia and industry by the chairs of the venue. Accepted C&C 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 submissions to conference attendees.
Pictorials are papers in which the visual components (e.g. annotated photographs, Art work, collages, diagrams, field notes, illustrations, photographs, renderings, sketches) are the primary means of conveying information with at least, if not more, importance as the accompanying text.
Pictorials are part of the technical program. Pictorials are equivalent contributions to Full Papers in every way (e.g. production standards, archival qualities, reviewing standards, presentation times, institutional reporting). The differences are in the format.
Like full papers, the possibilities of content and approach for pictorials are broad. They may be a reporting of—for examples—research though design, or ethnography, or empirical work, or theoretical work, or thoughtful essays on the role of creativity, cognition, and design in the world. That is, the possible approaches to pictorials are as varied as the possible approaches to full papers. Success is a matter of quality and contribution of knowledge—broadly defined—to the field, rather than approach.
Like full papers, the content of your pictorial is expected to be your own original work for the most part. While it is perfectly fine to include some visual materials created by others with attributions and permissions, such materials must be clearly marked as reference rather than main argument. Just as you would not write a text-oriented paper that is mostly quotes to others, your pictorial must not rely overly on visual materials created by others. On the other hand, your pictorial is expected to reference and build on the work of others with the same scholarly integrity as a full paper.
Pictorials differ from full papers in form only. They are 12 pages not including references in a purpose designed landscape format. Production values matter more. They should be at most half text, and it is theoretically possible that a pictorial may have no text at all outside of the front matter and references. A pictorial that is more than half text is likely better submitted as a paper. Pictorials are an opportunity to report and showcase primarily original visual forms and insights with the same contribution potentials as other archival forms.
What to Submit
We welcome submissions related to understanding human creativity in its many manifestations as well as the conference theme of Creative Organic Spaces.
We encourage authors to themselves be creative with their submissions and to compose highly visual submissions, which could consist of but are not limited to: annotated photographs, Artwork, collages, diagrams, field notes, illustrations, photographs, renderings, sketches.
This CFP is modeled after texts designed by previous Pictorials chairs, both specifically for C&C 2017, 2019, and 2021, as well as more generally those used for DIS 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, & 2019. This year we will offer Best pictorial awards and nominations for Best pictorials awards in proportion to the number of submissions received, as we did in 2019 and 2021.
Previous Creativity and Cognition Pictorials
Pictorials from C&C 2022 Examples:
- Mafalda Gamboa. 2022. Conversations with Myself: Sketching Workshop Experiences in Design Epistemology. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 71–82. https://doi.org/10.1145/3527927.3531450
- Gopinaath Kannabiran and Anuradha Venugopal Reddy. 2022. Exploring Kolam As An Ecofeminist Computational Art Practice. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 336–349. https://doi.org/10.1145/3527927.3531452
- Makayla Lewis, Mauro Toselli, Ruth Baker, Julia Rédei, and Claire Elisabeth Ohlenschlager. 2022. Portraying What is in Front of You: Virtual Tours and Online Whiteboards to Facilitate Art Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 350–363. https://doi.org/10.1145/3527927.3531455
Pictorials from C&C 2021 Examples:
- Paulina Yurman. 2021. Fluid Speculations: Drawing Artefacts in Watercolour as Experimentation in Research Through Design. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 38, 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3450741.3466777
- Jie Qi, Natalie Freed, Tiffany Tseng, Fay Shaw, Barbara Liedahl, Becca Rose Glowacki, and Yoshihiro Kawahara. 2021. Exquisite Circuits: Collaborative Electronics Design through Drawing Games. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 18, 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3450741.3466776
- Miriam Sturdee, Makayla Lewis, Angelika Strohmayer, Katta Spiel, Nantia Koulidou, Sarah Fdili Alaoui, and Josh Urban Davis. 2021. A Plurality of Practices: Artistic Narratives in HCI Research. In Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’21). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 35, 1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3450741.3466771
Pictorials from C&C 2019 Examples:
- Shunying An Blevis, Eli Blevis, and Bonnie Nardi. 2019. All the Tea in China: Interaction Design Inspirations. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 333–345. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3325480.3326569
- Dan Lockton, Devika Singh, Saloni Sabnis, Michelle Chou, Sarah Foley, and Alejandro Pantoja. 2019. New Metaphors: A Workshop Method for Generating Ideas and Reframing Problems in Design and Beyond. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 319–332. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3325480.3326570
- William Odom, Ishac Bertran, Garnet Hertz, Henry Lin, Amy Yo Sue Chen, Matt Harkness, and Ron Wakkary. 2019. Unpacking the Thinking and Making Behind a Slow Technology Research Product with Slow Game. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 15–28. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3325480.3326567
Pictorials from C&C 2017 Examples:
- Eli Blevis. 2017. Qualities of Focus. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 309-322. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3059454.3059485
- Zhide Loh, Jung-Joo Lee, and Kee Hong Song. 2017. Long Live the Sensor! Designing with Energy Harvesting. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 323-335. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3059454.3059488
- Jenny Waycott and Hilary Davis. 2017. Sharing the Housebound Experience through Visual Storytelling. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2-14. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3059454.3059487
Pictorials that have won Awards at any ACM venue examples:
- Eli Blevis. 2014. Stillness and motion, meaning and form. In Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS ‘14). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 493-502. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2598510.2602963
- Audrey Desjardins, Ron Wakkary, and William Odom. 2016. Behind the Lens: A Visual Exploration of Epistemological Commitments in HCI Research on the Home. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 360-376. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901910
- Elvin Karana, Elisa Giaccardi, Niels Stamhuis, and Jasper Goossensen. 2016. The Tuning of Materials: A Designer’s Journey. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 619-631. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901909
- Heather McKinnon. 2016. Finding Design Value in Modern Mundanity. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1059-1071. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901906
- Thomas Dykes, Jayne Wallace, Mark Blythe, and James Thomas. 2016. Paper Street View: A Guided Tour of Design and Making Using Comics. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 334-346. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901904
- Pauline Gourlet and Thierry Dassé. 2017. Cairn: A Tangible Apparatus for Situated Data Collection, Visualization and Analysis. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 247-258. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064794
- James Pierce and Carl DiSalvo. 2017. Dark Clouds, Io&#!+, and [Crystal Ball Emoji]: Projecting Network Anxieties with Alternative Design Metaphors. In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1383-1393. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3064663.3064795
- Sabrina Hauser, Doenja Oogjes, Ron Wakkary, and Peter-Paul Verbeek. 2018. An Annotated Portfolio on Doing Postphenomenology Through Research Products. In Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 459-471. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3196709.3196745
- Cláudia Silva, Catia Prandi, Marta Ferreira, Valentina Nisi, and Nuno Jardim Nunes. 2019. Towards Locative Systems for, and by, Children: A Cognitive Map Study of Children’s Perceptions and Design Suggestions. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 382–395. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3325480.3326568
- Clement Zheng, HyunJoo Oh, Laura Devendorf, and Ellen Yi-Luen Do. 2019. Sensing Kirigami. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing
- Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 921–934. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3323689
- Cláudia Silva, Catia Prandi, Marta Ferreira, Valentina Nisi, and Nuno Jardim Nunes. 2019. See the World Through the Eyes of a Child: Learning from children’s cognitive maps for the design of child-targeted locative systems. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 763–776. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3323700
- Sarah Homewood, Harvey Bewley, and Laurens Boer. 2019. Ovum: Designing for Fertility Tracking as a Shared and Domestic Experience. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 553–565. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3323692
- Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Madeline Balaam, Anna Ståhl, Pedro Sanches, Charles Windlin, Pavel Karpashevich, and Kristina Höök. 2019. Teaching Soma Design. In Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’19). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1237–1249. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3322276.3322327
A Historical Note and Acknowledgements:
A pictorials track was first introduced at DIS 2014. The first pictorial co-chairs were David Cameron, Nadine Jarvis, Sabrina Hauser, and Will Odom. The track was made possible by the support of conference chairs Steve Harrison and Ron Wakkary. Jarvis, Cameron, and Boucher (2012) listed below is arguably the first pictorial. In the original call for pictorials, the pictorial co-chairs list the following work as influencers:
- John Bowers. 2012. The logic of annotated portfolios: communicating the value of “research through design.” In Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’12). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 68–77. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2317956.2317968
- Eli Blevis, Elizabeth Churchill, William Odom, James Pierce, David Roedl, and Ron Wakkary. 2012. Visual thinking & digital imagery. In CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’12). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2715–2718. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2212776.2212703
- Eli Blevis. 2011. 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. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2008176.2008190
- Bill Gaver and John Bowers. 2012. Annotated portfolios. interactions 19, 4 (July 2012), 40–49. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2212877.2212889
- William Gaver. 2011. Making spaces: how design workbooks work. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors
- in Computing Systems (CHI ’11). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1551–1560. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979169
- Nadine Jarvis, David Cameron, and Andy Boucher. 2012. Attention to detail: annotations of a design process. In Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design (NordiCHI ’12). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 11–20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2399016.2399019
The Early History of Pictorials is Documented in:
- Eli Blevis, Sabrina Hauser, and William Odom. 2015. Sharing the hidden treasure in pictorials. interactions 22, 3 (April 2015), 32–43. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/2755534
We thank others who have co-chaired the pictorials track at Creativity and Cognition conferences, namely Eli Blevis (2020, 2021) Lee Jung Joo (2017), Will Odom (2017), and Joep Frens (2019), and conference chairs Brian Bailey (2017), Steven Dow (2019), Andruid Kerne (2019), Celine Latulipe (2019), Mary Lou Maher (2019), Neil Maiden (2021), Corina Sas (2021), David Shamma (2017), and Jude Yew (2017).
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