The Interaction Design team creates novel interactions with electronically responsive artefacts and services honouring values such as feminism, somaesthetics, sustainability, critique and slowness.
Topics in interaction design include arts and crafts, somaesthetic design, aesthetic engagement with energy and sustainability, smart implicit interaction, interactive playgrounds, design for emotional health, and the obsolescence and impermanence of interactive technology.
We do not approach design work in a value-free, neutral manner. Certain ideals guide our design explorations. We have, for example, proposed the philosophy of wabi-sabi, which through the notion of “nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect” forms relevant and thought-provoking principles for the design of interactive technology, especially in the Internet of Things-era.
A second ideal that has gained traction in the team is somaesthetics designs, that is, applications where the interaction subtly supports users’ attention towards their own body, enriching their sensitivity to, enjoyment and appreciation of their own somatics. Through a somaesthetic design perspective, we may achieve user experiences rhyming with the pleasures and displeasures, beats, rhythms, and richness of the living body – our human condition.
Our design work is firmly based in crafting through tinkering or bricolage as an alternative to the structured computer science programming processes otherwise employed. It is a mode, or attitude, to familiarise oneself with physical-digital materials in an explorative yet playful way. We see design as a process of exploiting the aesthetic affordances of materials to arrive as innovative prototypes – where materials can be physical materials, such as leather, steel or wood, or digital materials, such as data, algorithms, sensors, actuators, or wireless connectivity.
The team is in charge of several interaction design courses at KTH.Most of our team members work together in an open office space on the top floor of the main building at KTH Valhallavägen, Lindstedtsvägen 5.
|Barry Brown||Stockholm University|
|Airi Lampinen||Stockholm University|
|Donny McMillan||Stockholm University|
|Razan Jaberibraheem||Stockholm University|
|Jordi Solsona Belenguer||Stockholm University|
|Moira Mcgregor||Stockholm University|
|Oscar Frykholm||PhD, April 2013|
|Kristina Groth||Associate Professor, now fulltime at KI|
|Marcus Nilsson||PhD, March 2014|
|Lucian Leahu||Postdoc 2012-2014|
|Marisa Cohn||Visiting Researcher 2013-2014|
|Carl Unander-Scharin||PhD, January 2015|
|Anna Ståhl||PhD, March 2015|
|Pedro Ferreira||PhD, June 2015|
|Alexander Arvei Yngling|