• 991 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

Oneday shoes: a maker toolkit to understand the role of co-manufacturing in personalization

Nachtigall, T., Tomico, O. & Wakkary, R., 17 Mar 2019, TEI 2019 - Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 105-115 11 p.

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

Color

An annotated portfolio on doing postphenomenology through research products

Hauser, S., Oogjes, D., Wakkary, R. & Verbeek, P. P., 8 Jun 2018, DIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 459-472 14 p.

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

Human computer interaction
1 Citation (Scopus)

Attending to slowness and temporality with Olly and Slow Game: A design inquiry into supporting longer-term relations with everyday computational objects

Odom, W., Wakkary, R., Bertran, I., Harkness, M., Hertz, G., Hol, J., Lin, H., Naus, B., Tan, P. & Verburg, P., 20 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Engage with CHI. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, Vol. 2018-April, 13 p. 77

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

Human computer interaction
Lenses

Becoming a design thinker: assessing the learning process of students in a secondary level design thinking course

Aflatoony, L., Wakkary, R. L. & Neustaedter, C., 1 Aug 2018, In : The International Journal of Art & Design Education. 37, 3, p. 438-453

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

learning process
student
curriculum
Learning Process
Thinkers
1 Citation (Scopus)

Deployments of the table-non-table: a reflection on the relation between theory and things in the practice of Design research

Hauser, S., Wakkary, R., Odom, W., Verbeek, P. P., Desjardins, A., Lin, H., Dalton, M., Schilling, M. & De Boer, G., 20 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: engage with CHI. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 13 p. 201

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

Human computer interaction
Electric grounding

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