Participation Call

Embodied design methods are gaining popularity among design researchers. They leverage the physical and situated experience of designers to access and better understand present and future situations, humans, and design opportunities.

In this one-day workshop, we will explore, engage with, and discuss larping (live action role playing) as an embodied design research method, in particular as: i) a sensitizing activity prior to design; and ii) a test-bed to investigate and further iterate design concepts and prototypes. During the workshop we will: learn about what larps are; play a selection of recent micro-larps designed to generate empathy; and play a micro-larp designed to test a technology design prototype brought by the participants (or the organizers). We will conclude the work- shop reflecting on our experiences.

If you are interested in embodied design methods, empathy, role-playing, and/or game design, this workshop is for you. No previous experience with any of these is required.

Important Dates

  • (Extended) Submission Deadline: 20th of May
  • Notification of Acceptance: Position papers will be reviewed as they come. The last notifications will be sent by 30th of May.
  • (Extended) DIS Early-bird Registration Deadline: 13th of May
  • Workshop Date: 24th of June

Submission Information

Applications for the workshop should include a short position statement (1–3 pages, references excluded in SIGCHI Extended Abstracts Format) including:

  • the authors’ background;
  • a description of your interest in the topic;
  • how you envision using larps in design (e.g. to better understand users, to test or iterate a particular design, or to come up with innovative design ideas); and
  • in the case you would like to bring a design prototype to further iterate and/or test with your peers during the workshop (see Test-bed Micro-larp Session in Schedule & Activities), a description of the prototype.

Submissions will be curated by the workshop organizers, who will select ~15 participants based on quality, relevance, and diversity.

Note that at least one author of each accepted submission must attend the workshop, and must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the conference.

Questions and submissions should be emailed to