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Einar Sneve Martinussen

Associate professor



Einar Sneve Martinussen is an interaction designer and researcher working with culture, technology and urban life. Einar is the Associate Professor and coordinator of interaction design at the Institute of Design at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Einar did his doctorate as a part of the research project YOUrban on networked cities, social media and design. His PhD thesis is titled ‘Pockets and cities – Investigating and revealing the networked city through design’ and takes up how interaction design can be used to gather insights and generate new meaning in the meeting point between new technologies and urban life.

Einar is educated as an interaction designer at AHO, but also has a background from architecture and urbanism, music and technology. His work includes visualisations of technology, films, inventions, interactive products and exhibitions. Einar also lectures widely about design, technology, everyday life and media at conferences and institutions such as Goldsmiths University, IxDA, the School of Visual Arts in New York, Playful, TEI and Aalto University.

Outreach and communication is a central part of Einar’s work. This includes opinion articles for national newspapers, online writing and media contributions to places such as Discovery Channel, NRK and CBC. Einar has also been part of organising and hosting the international conference ‘Digitalt Byliv’ on digital urban life. Several of Einar’s projects have been exhibited widely, including ‘Immaterials‘ at Lighthouse, MoMA’s ‘Talk to Me’ in New York City, ‘Invisible Fields’ at Laboral in Spain and ‘DREAD’ at De Hallen Haarlem in Amsterdam.

Since 2008 Einar has been teaching and developing various areas of interaction design at AHO, including concept development, theory, electronics and programming. Einar is also a part of the Oslo based design studio Voy.


Anticipation 2017|Design Research Mediation|FUEL4DESIGN|NORDES 2017|Pockets and Cities|Touch|Vega: An Academic Publishing Platform|YOUrban

Publications (18)


Conference paper

Future faceting – Exploring multifaceted urban futures through interaction and service-design

This paper is about exploring how interaction- and service-design approaches can be used in imagining and proposing urban futures. The paper presents an ongoing project on investigating how experiential, prototype-driven design methods from service- and interaction-design can offer new ways of exploring possible futures in today’s increasingly digital, service-driven cities... Read »

Conference paper

Challenges of the ‘Urban Digital’: Addressing interdisciplinarity and power in the planning and design of the digital city

This paper identifies and discusses a set of challenges relating to the design of digital services in policies and strategies for more liveable and sustainable cities. These challenges emerge in the meeting between the knowledge and practice fields of digital design, which deal with service and interaction design, and urbanism, which is concerned with the study, planning and design of cities... Read »


Explorations of the Seed Vault

‘Explorations of the Seed Vault’ is an experimental project about interpreting and communicating data from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The project is being developed by Jørn Knutsen and Einar Sneve Martinussen from the Oslo School of Architecture, and the design studio Voy... Read »



Immaterials at Home

Contemporary homes incorporate an increasing number of networked objects, including phones, TVs, and light bulbs. Data is streamed in and out of homes across them. The processes that make these circulations possible are both mundane and obscure... Read »



Pockets and Cities: Investigating and Revealing the Networked City through Interaction Design

This thesis is about investigating and revealing the networked city through interaction design. The ‘networked city’ describes an emergent urban condition where digital technologies and wireless communication are increasingly important across everyday urban life. The thesis explores the emergence of the networked city through practice-led interaction design research... Read »



Satellite Lamps

The city is changing in ways that can’t be seen. As urban life becomes intertwined with digital technologies the invisible landscape of the networked city is taking shape – a terrain made up of radio waves, mobile devices, data streams and satellite signals. In Satellite lamps, practices and languages of design are put to use to explain and situate the phenomena of GPS... Read »



Design notes on a lonely drone

Design fictions present us with spaces for construction and reflection, potentially mixing various modes of the emergent and the speculative with the shaping and communication of near future imaginaries. In this article we adopt a blend of rhetorical devices to present and discuss design fictions. We do this by referring to current discourses around drone technologies... Read »



Å formgi en digital framtid

Det siste tiåret har internettet spredt seg fra skrivebordet til noe vi putter i lomma og bærer med oss til enhver tid. Vi «går ikke på Internett» lenger, vi er der hele tiden. Samtidig har digital teknologi blitt et av samfunnets sentrale rammeverk og påvirker alt fra politisk meningsutveksling til hvordan velferdsstaten fungerer... Read »


Investigating an “Internet of Hybrid Products”: Assembling Products, Interactions, Services, and Networks through Design

This article takes up the relations between products, people, and the Internet. Our investigation is set in the context of the emergence of networked and service-driven physical products. The article builds upon the curation and design of an exhibition that pulls together recent hybrids composed of physical objects as well as digital things and networked services... Read »


Conference paper

Designing with RFID

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless technology that is emerging in consumer products as a method for input and interaction. Although RFID is relatively well known from a technical perspective, the methods and for designing with RFID are less well understood, particularly the tangible and physical aspects of RFID form... Read »