• 1092 Citations
19992019
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“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.”

Research profile

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.

Academic background

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.

Affiliated with

  • Simon Fraser University; Wakkary is Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology there, and head of the Everyday Design Studio.

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Human computer interaction Engineering & Materials Science
Drawing (graphics) Engineering & Materials Science
Accidents Engineering & Materials Science
Fabrication Engineering & Materials Science
Recommender systems Engineering & Materials Science
secondary education Social Sciences
Intelligent systems Engineering & Materials Science
interaction Social Sciences

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Research Output 1999 2019

Designing computational materiality: a preliminary study to explore the lived experience with transTexture lamp

Zhong, C., Oogjes, D., Wakkary, R. & Chen, A., 2 May 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 6 p. 3290607

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Electric lamps
Textures
Lighting

Encoding materials and data for iterative personalization

Nachtigall, T., Tomico, O., Wakkary, R. & van Dongen, P., 2 May 2019, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 13 p. 519

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Consumer products
Metamaterials
Application programs
Computer systems
Composite materials

Foreword

Kuznetsov, S., Geurts, L., Saakes, D., Hayes, L., Wakkary, R. & Lau, M., 17 Mar 2019, Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. III-IV

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

From HCI to HCI-amusement: Strategies for engaging what new technology makes old

Devendorf, L., Andersen, K., Rosner, D. K., Wakkary, R. & Pierce, J., 2 May 2019, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 12 p. 35

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Human computer interaction

Investigating slowness as a frame to design longer-term experiences with personal data: a field study of olly

Odom, W., Wakkary, R., Hol, J., Naus, B., Verburg, P., Amram, T. & Yo Sue Chen, A., 2 May 2019, CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 16 p. 34

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Data privacy
Human computer interaction
Metadata

Activities 2014 2015

  • 2 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015)

Ron Wakkary (Participant)
2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014)

Ron Wakkary (Participant)
2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

Press / Media

And how are things in Vancouver?

Ron Wakkary

7/03/16

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

ID students to Canada on memorial grant

Ron Wakkary

12/11/15

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Arts, education and social justice: meet informatics 11 minutes ago

Ron Wakkary

5/11/14

1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Arts, education and social justice: meet informatics

Ron Wakkary

5/11/14

2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Disrupting clocks

Author: Spaa, A., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Frens, J. (Supervisor 1), Wakkary, R. (Supervisor 2) & van Essen, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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Author: van Berlo, R., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Wakkary, R. (Supervisor 1), Hummels, C. (Supervisor 2) & Funk, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master