Stoffel Kuenen

BW Stoffel KuenenProgram Director of MFA in Interaction Design

E-mail: christoffel.kuenen@umu.se
Phone: +46 90 786 5630
Mobile: +46 70 338 5144

What I do at UID

I am the Programme Director for the MFA Programme in Interaction Design and I contribute to the teaching in different educations at UID. In November 2018, I obtained my Doctor's title with my thesis;  Aesthetics of Being Together.

Research

Design deals with matters of aesthetics. Historically, aesthetics in industrial design refers to the artifact designed: aesthetics of objects. When designed artifacts included digital technologies, aesthetics in design refers to what happens between people and artifacts as well: aesthetics of interaction. These artifacts increasingly mediate our social lives.
What does aesthetics refer to when design concerns interactions between people with technology? More on my research page.

Background

I studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. I graduated in 2002 on a wearable, tangible social interaction product, in a project largely carried out in the Affective Computing group at the MIT MediaLab in Boston.
I have worked as a strategic, conceptual and technical designer, and have led design and development projects for various interaction and communication products for the consumer market, including several patent applications.

I have taught and coached students and professionals in these fields of design in the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Sweden and Brazil.

I headed the R&D department in a multinational company, where, apart from running product design and innovation projects with an international team, I gained hands-on experience with mass-production systems in western Europe as well as in low-cost labour countries of the time, i.e. China and Mexico.

Since 2008 I have been working on design projects and workshops, concerning the convergence of fashion products and personal, mobile, consumer electronics.

Talk to me about:

Aesthetics in interaction design, technologically mediated social interaction, dynamics of techno-social systems, embodiment, presence, ethics in design expressions and doings.

Publications

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