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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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Research Output

Digital Crafts-machine-ship: creative collaborations with machines

Andersen, H. K. G. K., Wakkary, R. L., Devendorf, L. & McLean, A., Feb 2020, In : Interactions. 27, 1, p. 30-35 6 p.

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    7½ and weekend alarm: designing alarm clocks for the morality of sleep and rest

    Spaa, A., Wakkary, R. L., Frens, J. W., Durrant, A. & Vines, J., 19 Mar 2019, RTD 2019 - Fourth Biennial Research Through Design Conference: : Method & Critique: Frictions and Shifts in RTD. p. 1-16 16 p.

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Activities

    • 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?

    R.L. Wakkary

    7/03/16

    1 item of Media coverage

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    ID students to Canada on memorial grant

    R.L. Wakkary

    12/11/15

    1 item of Media coverage

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    Arts, education and social justice: meet informatics

    R.L. Wakkary

    5/11/14

    2 items of Media coverage

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

    R.L. Wakkary

    5/11/14

    1 item of Media coverage

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    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