Open Creativity and Design

Elizabeth Gerber

Dr. Liz Gerber serves as Faculty Founder of Design for America, Director of the Design Research Cluster, Associate Professor of Design in the Schools of Engineering and Communication, with courtesy appointments in the School of Management and Education and Social Policy at the Northwestern University. Dr. Gerber researches collective innovation – a process that harnesses the diverse and untapped human, social, and economic capital from distributed networks to discover, evaluate, and implement new ideas. She received her PhD and MS in Management Science and Engineering and Product Design from Stanford University. Learn more about Dr. Gerber and her work at and connect with her on Twitter at @elizgerber

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Caroline Hummels

Caroline Hummels is professor Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities at the department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. She is heading the Designing Quality in Interaction group at ID and leading the interdepartmental area Participatory Health and Wellbeing at TU/e. Her activities concentrate on designing and researching transformative qualities in products and systems, including related frameworks, methods and tools, with a focus on embodied interaction, sensemaking, ethics, aesthetics, multi-stakeholder social design, and health and wellbeing. She is founder and member of the steering committee of the Tangible Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI) Conference, editorial board member of the International Journal of Design, chairman of MU Artspace and member of the Provincial Council of Health.

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Silvia Lindtner

Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include transnational networks of innovation and entrepreneurship culture, DIY (do it yourself) making and hacking, science and technology studies in China, and Internet and digital cultures. She is currently writing a book on the culture and politics of “making” and transnational entrepreneurship in urban China. Her research has been awarded support from the US National Science Foundation, IMLS, Intel Labs, Google Anita Borg, and the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation. Her work has appeared at ACM SIGCHI, ACM CSCW, ST&HV, Games & Culture, China Information, and other venues.

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Hiroshi Tamura

Hiroshi Tamura is Co-founder and Managing Director at Re:public Inc. Hiroshi also serves as Co-Founder and Executive Fellow at of The University of Tokyo where he has taught innovation process by harnessing ethnographic investigation. Now Hiroshi engages in developing innovation ecosystem where citizen participation takes a key role for a better change. Hiroshi takes the directorship of “Citizen-led Innovation” platform in Fukuoka City, a million city located in the south-west Japan, where citizens exerts leadership to shape trans-boundary innovation teams by cutting across a variety fields from government to corporation, from tech savvy to social entrepreneurship.

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Speculation, research, and design inquiry

Bill Gaver

Bill Gaver is Professor of Design and co-leader of the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London. He pursues research on design-led methodologies and innovative technologies for everyday life in a studio that brings the skills of designers together with expertise in ubiquitous computing and sociology. With the Studio, he has developed produced a series of highly-finished research products that have been deployed for long-term field trials and exhibited internationally.

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Kristina Höök

Kristina Höök is a Professor in Interaction Design at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden and part-time at SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science). She heads the Mobile Life centre. She is known for her work on social navigation, seamfulness, affective loops and most recently on somaesthetic design. Somaesthetic design engages with our somas – our living, sentient, selves – and to aesthetics, interactions that help us live a richer life – an “awakening” from the mindless, joyless, everyday habitual movements.

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Turkka Keinonen

Turkka Keinonen is a professor of industrial design and the head of Department of Design at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. Keinonen has a Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (1998). He has worked for Finnish design consultancies and medical and technology industries (1990-1995), been a principal research scientist at Nokia Research Center (1998-2001) and worked as a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore (2007-2008).

Keinonen’s publications include One-dimensional usability (1998), Mobile Usability (McGraw-Hill 2003), Product Concept Design (Springer 2006), Designers, Users and Justice (Bloomsbury 2017) and about 100 articles, conference papers and patents on human centred design, concept design and design strategy. His recent research deals with ethics of human centred design.

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Pieter Jan Stappers

P.J. Stappers is chair of Design Techniques at TU Delft’s Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, where he currently also has the role of Director Graduate School and Research. His work in ID-StudioLab focuses on tools and techniques for the early phases of doing design, including methods of user and stakeholder involvement, the role of designerly activities in research. A recent focus is bringing core design competences such as future-thinking, visualisation, dealing with ambiguity, and prototyping to the creative processes of people who are not professional designers. Key terms in this are contextmapping and research through design.

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Post-education and practice

Eli Blevis

Eli Blevis is Professor of Informatics in the Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) program of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic School of Design. His primary area of research, and the one for which he is best known, is sustainable interaction design. His research also engages visual thinking—especially photographic foundations of HCI, and design theory—especially transdisciplinary design.

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Zhiyong Fu

Dr. Zhiyong Fu is an associate professor of Information Art and Design Department, Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University. His research interests include information and interaction design, service design, smart city and social innovation design. He is the member of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Teaching Steering Committee at Tsinghua University, the main organizer and planner of China-US Young Maker Competition initiated by Chinese Ministry of Education. He is the academic director of Tsinghua Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Minor on Connected Device, Robotics, Smart Transportation, and dedicate to integrate design thinking and maker practice to promote the future innovation and entrepreneurship education of China.

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Peter Lloyd

Peter Lloyd is a Professor of Design in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton and Associate Editor for the Journal 'Design Studies'.  He teaches in the areas of design methods, design thinking, and design ethics and his research looks at all aspects of the design process.  He was previously Professor of Design Studies at The Open University. You can read his blog at iprofessdesign.

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Miles Pennington

Professor Miles Pennington, from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London is Head of Programme of the Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) joint Masters programme with Imperial College - Miles is an alumni of the IDE programme and graduated in 1992. Following that he worked for four years as a designer for Sekisui in Osaka, Japan before returning to the UK to start his own design consultancy. He joined the RCA, as staff in 2001 and was the founder of the Global Innovation Design (GID) programme in 2012. In parallel to his work at the RCA he is currently a Director of the of the innovation consultancy Takram.

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