“Embodied Storytelling”: Creating fully immersive experiences through VR and haptic technologies.


On 7 February, Yedan Qian from the Designworks Munich Studio will be speaking at Interaction18, an annual design summit and significant event for the global interaction community. Organized by The Interaction Design Association (IxDA), this one week summit sets out to consider and discuss how technology and design are shaping the world moving forward, by building bridges across cultures, disciplines and industries, in order to reach shared goals.

Today, complex topics including autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, social conflicts and sustainability are shaping the agenda for user interaction designers and confronting them with a major challenge: How can we enable users to emotionally connect to topics that are unfamiliar or seemingly irrelevant to their daily lives?



In her speech, Yedan will share insights on how to create fully immersive experiences through new technologies such as VR, Haptics and AI. She will introduce “Embodied Storytelling”, a new storytelling approach that enables users to live stories first-hand, as they experience being another self, living in a different world. Using technologies to reconfigure our body sensation and perception, Yedan will illustrate how this visceral, personal experience can lead to a heightened empathy and identification with remote topics.

More information about IxDA and Yedan´s talk can be found here: https://interaction18.ixda.org/program/talk-embodied-storytelling–body–mind-and-space-qian-yedan/

New technologies such as VR, Haptics and AI can help creating fully immersive experiences …






“Interaction designers need to act responsibly when pushing the boundaries of technology to transform how we perceive and engage in future user experiences”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yedan Qian, Interaction Designer, Designworks

Together with the team at Designworks Munich, Yedan pushes the boundaries of technology to transform how we perceive, understand and engage in future user experiences.

Her work integrates interesting narratives with physical computation, computer vision, VR and AR. Before joining Designworks, Yedan was a guest researcher at MIT Media Lab and has worked at Samsung Research America and Baidu Institute of Deep Learning.