Leuven, Belgium


General Information

As aptly phrased by the time-old adage: "a picture is worth a thousand words", pictorials challenge contributors to rethink the ways in which we create and report knowledge. Pictorials are papers in which graphic elements (e.g. diagrams, sketches, screenshots, illustrations, renderings, photographs, collages) play a major role in conveying ideas and contributions of a study along with accompanying text. First introduced in DIS 2014, pictorials responded to the call for new approaches in documenting design perspectives for HCI research, which were – and are – growing increasingly complex in terms of spatial acumen and graphical ingenuity. In particular, ideas that are experientially complex or abstract can be conveyed more meaningfully in pictures than in verbal descriptions, such as the subtle undertones of a user’s emotions or the aesthetic-usability effect of a user interface. Pictorials have since been introduced in C&C 2017 and TEI 2020, and this year we are excited to offer the new Pictorials Track of MUM 2021.

Through pictorials, we invite researchers, practitioners, industry professionals, artists, designers, and students from multidisciplinary fields to express and unpack their design practices and projects in visually rich ways.


The goal of MUM Pictorials is to investigate the hedonic qualities, i.e. pleasant and unpleasant sensations, that can be provoked within mobile or ubiquitous systems, and the design processes that lead to these hedonic qualities. We emphasise the importance of communicating the experiential side of HCI research, from not only its research value but also the emotional and aesthetic qualities of the work. We believe that these qualities make a difference in HCI, but acknowledge that they can be difficult or even controversial to describe in the typical research paper. Pictorials offer the opportunity to use images and other media to facilitate readers in making hedonic value judgements of the work, as presented through the pictorial narrative.

We invite convincing demonstrations or descriptions of original types of existing or future (speculative) systems, or the original design approaches that underlie them. Pictorials can thus reveal research prototypes, practices, and products, as well as novel tools and methods that provide the scaffolding for hedonic outcomes. Therefore, we encourage contributors to formulate possible tips or guidelines that can be demonstrated by a design rationale and/or the (iterative) (co-)design process.

Possible ways to portray a hedonic quality is to use the pictorial as a low fidelity metaphor of the designed interface, illustrate the user’s journey of interacting with a system through a visual timeline, or create collages composed of screenshots and photographs that depict the experiential qualities of the system . We encourage contributors to be playful with the submission - after all, pictorials can be another kind of graphical interface designed to communicate research data. For more inspiration , please consult recent Call for Pictorials from other conferences such as: DIS, TEI, C&C, and IEEE VISAP, or contact the Pictorial chairs.

Template and Submission

Pictorial submissions should be maximum 12 pages (excluding references). The correct template for pictorials is the MUM Template (below), which should be exported as a PDF when submitting. On the first page of submission, please keep with the template and include the submission’s title, author(s), and their affiliation(s) (leave blank for double blind review), and a written abstract of no more than 150 words describing the context and contribution of the pictorial to the MUM community. Further written parts known from other conference formats such as Introduction, Conclusion, and Discussion are optional.

We strongly recommend using the InDesign Template. A Microsoft Word template is also available for authors without access to InDesign. The main part of the submission should be an annotated visual composition and we encourage submissions to use the format creatively. Pictorials must be submitted via EasyChair at the latest by September 23rd, 2021.

Relation to other submissions

We encourage fully original work. However, you may submit previously published work to which you have added significant visual content, provided only that such work is clearly and prominently attributed by describing how the pictorial adds to a previous work, i.e. in a footwork to the title with a clear description of what the pictorial uniquely contributes or adds to previous work. In this case, at least 30% of the material must be original, as per ACM rules.

We also encourage using visual materials that you have created or produced yourself. However, you may use third-party materials when following the "fair use" principles. We recommend the following article. Please be aware of these ACM copyright rules when submitting your work.

Reviewing process

Pictorials must be anonymized. Submitted papers will undergo a rigorous double-blind review process managed by the Program Chairs. Final camera-ready versions of accepted submissions must be accompanied by a signed copyright form. At least one author of an accepted submission will be expected to attend the conference to present their work.Accepted pictorials will appear in the Proceedings of the International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia, which will be available in the ACM Digital Library, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.

Submission deadline September 23rd, 2021 (AoE)
September 28th, 2021 (AoE)
Notification of review decisions October 22nd, 2021
Camera ready deadline October 29th, 2021
November 5th, 2021
Conference dates December 5th - December 8th, 2021

Pictorials Chairs


Jihae Han

KU Leuven

Andrew Vande Moere

KU Leuven

[*] Parts of this text is based on the Call for Pictorials from DIS and TEI.

Important dates

Aug 6 Short and full paper title + abstract deadline
Aug 13 Short and full paper submission deadline
Sep 28 Notification (papers)
Sep 23
Sep 28
Pictorials submission deadline
Sep 15
Oct 4
Workshop and tutorial submission deadline
Oct 8 Poster and Doctoral Consortium submission deadline
Oct 8
Oct 15
Demo submission deadline
Oct 15 Camera ready (papers)
Oct 22 Notification (pictorials)
Oct 22
Oct 29
Notification (demos, posters)
Oct 29
Nov 4
Camera ready (posters)
Oct 29
Nov 5
Camera ready (demos, pictorials)
Nov 7
Nov 14
Early bird deadline
Dec 5 -Dec 8 MUM 2021 in Leuven, Belgium

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