Research Output
Beat Haiku: interactive poetry application.
  This application invites the user to create short Haiku poems by selecting and arranging words that are displayed onscreen. The web-based application is presented on a touchscreen, and displays a constantly refreshing pool of words taken from the large collection of Haiku poems written by Jack Kerouac in the 1950s. Once the user has created a new Haiku, it is added to the pool of user-created poems, and information is then displayed about Kerouac’s approach to the Haiku form of poetry. The research aim of this project is to explore design approaches that attract interest and then sustain engagement with publicly sited systems, using the themes of “emotional intelligence” and “independent agency”. To this end, two versions of the application have been created, each demonstrating a variation on the design approach, enabling comparative user studies to be carried out.

  • Date:

    14 October 2012

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    ACM Digital Library

  • DOI:


  • Library of Congress:

    QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    004 Data processing & computer science


Helgason, I. (2012). Beat Haiku: interactive poetry application. In NordiCHI’12 Making sense through design, (777-778).



Poetry; haiku; design; human factors; software applications; literarure ; computing

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