Experience Categories in Specific Contexts – Creating Positive Experiences in Smart Kitchens

  • Katharina M. ZeinerEmail author
  • Julian Henschel
  • Katharina Schippert
  • Kristin Haasler
  • Magdalena Laib
  • Michael Burmester
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10918)


Experience categories are a methodology designed to understand existing and create new positive experiences. They describe aspects of positive experiences within a given context, for example work. The aim of this paper is twofold. First, it is intended as a proof-of-concept – we show that experience categories can be applied to new contexts. Second, we describe a design process that focuses on the use of experience categories. Here we explore present positive experiences in kitchens, and how smart kitchens can help us to create and support these. Using Experience Interviews, participants described 94 positive experiences they had around kitchen activities. The analysis yielded 17 experience categories for cooking related activities. Based on these categories, we generated concepts to facilitate new positive experiences in the kitchen before, during, and after cooking. We describe this process as well as five concepts including the generation of rituals, trying new things, and supporting each other.


User experience Cooking Experience categories 



We would like to thank all participants who described their experiences. This study was conducted as part of the project SmartKitchen which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), Grant Number: 03FH011PX5.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katharina M. Zeiner
    • 1
    Email author
  • Julian Henschel
    • 1
  • Katharina Schippert
    • 1
  • Kristin Haasler
    • 1
  • Magdalena Laib
    • 1
  • Michael Burmester
    • 1
  1. 1.Stuttgart Media UniversityStuttgartGermany

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