Interaction design

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.

For more information or for arranging a visit, please contact our team leader Kristina Höök, khook@kth.se. For more updated information about our activities, please visit our team blog .

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Team:

Associates

Hedvig Aminoff KTH
Anna Ståhl RISE
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

Alumni

 
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
Jonas Forsslund  
Martin Jonsson  
Jonas Moll  
Elsa Vaara  
Alexander Arvei Yngling  
Vincent Lewandowski  
Helena Tobiasson  
Filip Kis  
Eva Sjuve  
Hanna Hasselqvist  
Vygandas Simbelis  
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