Ron Wakkary

Biography Ron Wakkary

Ron Wakkary is professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University where he established the design research studio known as the Everyday Design Studio. Wakkary publishes regularly in design, human-computer-interaction, and tangible computing journals and conferences. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions, Director of the Interaction Design Research Centre at SFU, and international editor for Archives of Design Research. In addition, he is a member of the Steering Committee for Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI), Steering Committee for Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), and the SIGCHI Executive Committee. Design United and funding agencies and organizations in the Netherlands, Europe, and Canada support his research. Moreover, Ron is also co-leader of the DQI group. He is a full professor and core chair of the research group“Impact of Interaction Design on Everyday Life”. This group focuses on reflective explorations in interaction design. His research investigates the changing nature of interaction design in response to everyday design and social practices such as home life, amateur experts, fashion and sustainability. In particular, we research everyday creativity, design artifacts for research, and critical reasoning in design that leads to inquiries on new types of interaction design artifacts, materials, conceptual understandings, and methods. In the spirit of research through design, we aim to be reflective and generative, uncovering new and emergent practices of design and knowledge through the crafting of artifacts that help to shape both our understanding of design and its relations to technologies. More information can be found at his website.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Thursday July 2, 2015 at the department of Industrial Design, TU/e, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.


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