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Jon Olav Eikenes




Jon Olav Eikenes currently works as an interaction designer in Halogen. He holds a masters degree in industrial design (2006) and a PhD in interaction design and visual communication (2010). Both degrees were received from AHO.

Jon Olav’s doctoral thesis was entitled Navimation: a sociocultural exploration of kinetic interface design . The thesis explores how we may understand the employment of visual movement in screen-based interfaces. The research project was practice-based, involving design experiments and multimodal textual analysis. See Jon Olav’s blog Navimation Research to read more about his PhD project.

Jon Olav has a received a Fulbright grant to visit the USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles, from August 2013 to March 2014. During the stay, he will explore the intersections of data visualization and kinetic interface


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Publications (4)



Navimation: A Sociocultural Exploration of Kinetic Interface Design

Digital artefacts pervade culture and social life in work, play and leisure. Many of these activities are carried out through screen-based interfaces, which therefore take on an important role in enabling and engaging people in their daily life. Screen-based visual movement is increasingly a key characteristic of mobile phones, gaming platforms, operating systems and websites... Read »


Connecting motional form to interface actions in web browsing: investigating through motion sketching

It is now possible to include complex visual movement in screen interfaces, including those that enable web browsing on different media devices. This article investigates the potential for employing movement in web browsing – or more specifically, how motional form may be connected to interface actions. The investigation is carried out through design experimentation... Read »


Navimation: Exploring Time, Space & Motion in the Design of Screen-based Interface

Screen-based user interfaces now include dynamic and moving elements that transform the screen space and relations of mediated content.  These changes place new demands on design as well as on our reading and use of such multimodal texts. Assuming a socio-cultural perspective on design, we discuss in this article the use of animation and visual motion in interface navigation as navimation... Read »