Wed 22 Feb 2017 – Prof David Benyon

Professor David Benyon, Napier University, Edinburgh

Designing Blended Spaces


A blended space is a space where a physical space is deliberately integrated in a close-knit way with a digital space. Because the digital space has been designed and integrated with a physical space a novel user experience is created. New properties emerge from the particular combination of physical and digital that may give rise to a new sense of presence. 

Blending Theory was originally developed as a theory of linguistics and language understanding. Prof Benyon introduced the concepts to interaction design with his book Designing with Blends in 2006 and followed this with Spaces of interaction, Places for Experience (2014, Morgan and Claypool). In this talk, he will explore the ideas and where they have been applied.


Professor David Benyon has been working in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI) and interaction design for over 25 years. He has written widely on the subject with over 150 refereed publications covering HCI, interaction design and intelligent user interfaces. He published one of the first textbooks on HCI in 1994 and recently completed the 4th edition of the textbook Designing User Experience: a comprehensive guide to HCI, UX and interaction design (Pearson, 2013). In 2007 Prof Benyon introduced ideas of conceptual blending to HCI with his book Designing with Blends (MIT Press, with Manuel Imaz). He published his monograph Spaces of Interaction, Places for Experience with Morgan and Claypool in September 2014.

School of Computing Science & Digital Media, Robert Gordon University, Sir Ian Wood Building, Garthdee, Aberdeen, Lecture Room N117, 13:00 – 14:00.


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