Often, design research draws on design’s capacity to solve problems. However, using design to create problems, rather than solutions, may be the stranger but wiser choice.
Ron Wakkary is full professor in the Future Everyday cluster. In addition, he is full professor at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University in Canada where he is director of the Interaction Design Research Centre and founder of the Everyday Design Studio. Wakkary is interested in design-oriented human-computer interaction, tangible computing and the philosophies of technologies through design. Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design in response to everyday design practices in the home and new understandings of human-technology relations. He aims to reflectively create new interaction design exemplars, concepts, and emergent practices of design that help to shape both design and its relations to technologies. Wakkary considers people as integrally connected with technologies, and specifically as creators and makers rather than passive users or consumers of digital artifacts. He investigates how to design computational things that are radically simple, allowing ‘everyday designers’ to determine how these things fit into their lives and improve upon them. The big idea behind his work is that the artifacts and systems we design are resources rather than finished products. Wakkary has a background in interaction design, computer science and visual arts.
Ron Wakkary holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada, a MFA in visual Arts from the State University of New York, USA, and an PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Plymouth, UK. Ron is currently a member of the Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI) and Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) steering committees. He is also a member of the International Journal of Design (IJD) and Archives of Design Research (ADR) editorial boards. He was co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions from 2010 to 2016.
Satisfying a conversation with materials for dynamic fabrics2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 (2019)
The Tilting Bowl2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2019 (2019)
From HCI to HCI-amusement37th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019) (2019)
The magic machine workshops37th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019) (2019)
Designing computational materiality37th ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2019) (2019)
Current Educational Activities
- Preparation FMP - Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship (FE)
- Project at ID - Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship (FE)
- Final Master Project - Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship (FE)
- Preparation FMP - Constructive Design Research (FE)
- Project at ID - Constructive Design Research (FE)
- Final Master Project - Constructive Design Research (FE)
- Researching the Future Everyday
- Preparation FMP - Research, Design and Development (FE)
- Project at ID - Research, Design and Development (FE)
- Final Master Project - Research, Design and Development (FE)
No ancillary activities