ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

Could hot air balloons be a metaphor for confidence? Could fallen leaves work as a metaphor for your digital history? How could we design things in new ways by thinking metaphorically?

The School of Design's Dan Lockton will be presenting the paper New Metaphors: A Workshop Method for Generating Ideas and Reframing Problems in Design and Beyond at the ACM Creativity & Cognition (C&C 2019) conference in San Diego. The paper, co-written with School of Design students and alumni Devika Singh, Saloni Sabnis, Michelle Chou, and Sarah Foley, and Alejandro Pantoja from Chilean design agency Doixt, introduces the New Metaphorstoolkit which the Imaginaries Lab has been developing for the last two years through workshops at interaction design industry conferences including IxDA Interaction, UX Lisbon, and Google SPAN, classes at CMU, a workshop as part of the new Plurality University Network, and a webinar with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Disruptive Innovation Festival. A new version of the New Metaphors toolkit (illustrated) will be published by the Imaginaries Lab later this summer, available from

Dan will also be chairing a paper session about sonification—turning data into sound—at the ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2019) conference taking place alongside C&C. He is an Associate Chair for the DIS 2019 'pictorials' track.