UID Research Talk: User-Centered Design: Past, Present, and Possible Futures

Date: 2015-10-06
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Designhögskolan, The UID Auditorium
The event is for: students - anyone - employees

A Conversation with Liz Sanders and Ron Wakkary

Elizabeth "Liz" Sanders joined the Design Department at The Ohio State University (OSU) as an Associate Professor in 2011 after having worked as a design research consultant in industry since 1981. At OSU she invites students to use co-designing to address the significant social, economic and environmental challenges we face today. Liz’s academic research focuses on co-design processes for innovation, intervention, and transdisciplinary collaboration.

Liz is also the founder of MakeTools, LLC where she explores new spaces in the emerging design landscapes. As a practitioner, Liz introduced many of the methods being used today to drive design from a human-centered perspective. She has practiced participatory design research within and between all the design disciplines. Liz has a Ph.D. in Experimental and Quantitative Psychology and a B.A. in both Psychology and Anthropology.

Ron Wakkary is Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he established the Everyday Design Studio, a design research studio that explores interaction design. He is also Professor and Chair of the Impact of Interaction Design on Everyday Life in the Industrial Design Department at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design in response to everyday design practices like home life, DIY, amateur experts, hobbyists, and sustainability. In the spirit of design research, Wakkary’s research aims to be reflective and generative, creating new interaction design prototypes and uncovering new, emergent practices of design that help to shape both design and its relations to technologies. Wakkary publishes regularly in design, human-computer-interaction, and tangible computing journals and conferences. He is a co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions, Director of the Interaction Design Research Centre at SFU, a member of the Steering Committees for Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI) and Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)

Organizer: Umeå Institute of Design
Contact person: Elin Andersson

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