Gestural product interaction: development and evaluation of an emotional vocabulary

Andrew Wodehouse, Jonathon Marks

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This research explores emotional response to gesture in order to inform future product interaction design. After describing the emergence and likely role of full-body interfaces with devices and systems, the importance of emotional reaction to the necessary movements and gestures is outlined. A gestural vocabulary for the control of a web page is then presented, along with a semantic differential questionnaire for its evaluation. An experiment is described where users undertook a series of web navigation tasks using the gestural vocabulary, then recorded their reaction to the experience. A number of insights were drawn on the context, precision, distinction, repetition and scale of gestures when used to control or activate a product. These insights will be of help in interaction design, and provide a basis for further development of the gestural vocabulary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • gestural product interaction
  • development
  • evaluation
  • emotional vocabulary


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