A relatively new kind of study in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), interaction criticism, is presented. Interaction criticism is an approach of evaluation based on literary and critical theories that originate with the humanities. Interaction criticism seeks to draw on multiple perspectives grounded in traditions very different to those familiar to HCI. The design and evaluation of an affective interactive art system is understood by an approach that describes the emotional experience of interacting with an artwork. Playful photography as an important area for HCI, which connects with notions of interaction criticism, includes three related studies such as context photography, autonomous wallpaper, and squeeze.