SADE – semiotics + art and design experience

"Semiotics + art and design experience" (SADE) is the theme of this special issue, set to inspire discussion around the mechanisms of semiotics in art and design, look specifically at the interrelations and significance that art, design, and technology have for one another. The acronym of the SI's theme, SADE, is the word for rain in the Finnish language. Rain is symbolic for this thematic issue because it highlights the fluid nature within the symbolically driven practices of art, design, and the cultures of technological development—focusing on the crossfertilization and interdependence (or stream) between the disciplines. Rain may also be considered in terms of the cyclical life of water as a resource. Water, as a basic element, is drawn from and used, evaporated, condensed, collected, and reused. This resonates with the ways in which ideas, principles, and practices surrounding the arts–design relationship are also generated, drawn from, used, transformed, stored, and reused.

Full research papers are invited for this special issue of Human Technology. The theme of this issue concentrates on semiotics and the relationship between and among art, design, and technology, and their impact on people's experience of, for instance, systems, artifacts, events, and services. Papers suitable for consideration include, but are not limited to, the following focus areas:

  • The influence of art (practice, process, and principles) on technological design,
  • The influence of technological design (practice, process, and principles) on art,
  • The psychology of art and design (including, i.e., semiotics and cognitive processes),
  • Questions of authenticity and art experience in the coming age of automation,
  • Semiotics as a mode of analysis and method for development, and
  • Other creative research reflecting the intersection of art, design, and technology.

All submitted papers (minimum of 7,500 words) will be evaluated for originality of the text, suitability to the scope of the thematic issue, and readiness for peer review. Papers meeting the above criteria will be subjected to double-blind review by at least two experts in the topic area of the manuscript.

Papers accepted for publication in Human Technology must follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed.). Author guidelines are available at

This call for papers is open June 1, 2016-January 15, 2017. Human Technology uses a journal management system. Authors wishing to submit papers for publication consideration are to upload the paper at and the corresponding author must complete the required information.

Guest Editor

Dr. Rebekah Rousi (University of Jyväskylä)