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Design Research Mediation

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This project includes many researchers at our centre as our design based research projects all involve the mediation of research. As part of its funding of research projects the Research Council of Norway now requires the popular and scientific ‘formidling’ or communication of research.

The projects that are currently the main contributors are large basic research ones such as YOUrban and RHYME, and an array of PhD projects, alongside earlier ones such as Touch.

Morrison, Andrew


Andrew Morrison is Director of the Centre for Design Research at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) in Norway and Professor of Interdisciplinary Design at the Institute of Design (IDE). As co-ordinator of research, Andrew takes part in and leads a range of design research projects. These cover Communication Design, dynamic interfaces and social media; RFID, mediation and activity; Service Design and innovation in leadership; electronic arts installation; narrative and mobile media; practice-based research/research by design; online research mediation and design research methods. Andrew also focuses on design writing, fiction and criticism.

He has been central to the ongoing redesign and teaching of the PhD school at AHO. He has supervised a dozen PhD students at AHO and others at the University of Oslo in design, media and education. Andrew is a member of the Research Committee and the Board of AHO. He was paper co-chair for Nordes 09, Engaging Artifacts, 3rd Nordic Design Research Conference (www.nordes.org) and been a board member of the Design research Society. He has published widely in journals, books and online and has a special research interest in online research mediation. He has edited and co-edited several collections of papers and chapters related to design and new media.

Formerly Andrew was an Associate Professor at the University of Oslo at the interdisciplinary research centre InterMedia where he led the Communication Design Group

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Knutsen, Jørn


Jørn is an interaction designer and associate professor. His PhD-project was called Products of the Networked City and investigated through design how the vast deployment of network and computational technologies into our spatial environments is prompting us to reconsider what “products” are, what they are made of and how they are designed.

Jørn’s design and research work is centred around understanding emerging technologies through active engagement and making things such as visualisations of technology, interactive products and exhibitions.  His work as been exhibited widely, including ‘Immaterials‘ at Lighthouse,  ‘Invisible Fields’ at Laboral in Spain and ‘DREAD’ at De Hallen Haarlem in Amsterdam. Additionally, Jørn holds lectures nationally and abroad about design related to technology, materiality and practice.

Alongside the research at AHO he is part of the design studio Voy in Oslo doing design consultancy and developing interesting products of their own.

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Martinussen, Einar Sneve

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.

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Troye, Rachel


Rachel Troye is Head of the Institute of Design at AHO as of January 2012. She is also Pro-Rector with responsibility for branding and communication for AHO. She is professor and teaches visual communication, brand identity design and design management at AHO as well as other design schools in Norway. She has also been in charge of several interdisciplinary projects across the school such as AHO WORKS, which exhibits all the students’ work.

In her 20 years of professional practice as a graphic designer in Switzerland and Norway Rachel Troye has taken part in and had responsibility for a broad range of clients and projects. These have ranged from big international corporations like BMW Worldwide, ABB, and The Airport Express Train in Norway to varied cultural projects and NGOs.

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Westvang, Even


Even Westvang is a founding member of Bengler, a leading interaction design and development company in Olso, Norway, working in social media, communicating massive data and locative media, amongst others.

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Cappelen, Birgitta

Associate professor

Birgitta Cappelen is Associate Professor in Interaction Design at the Institute of Design at AHO. She has a broad education and experience in the field. Among other things, she is a Master in Industrial Design from AHO, and was one of the first to work with Interaction Design at AHO. In addition, she has a BA degree from the University of Oslo with a curriculum consisting of History of Ideas, Philosophy, Computer Science, Media and Communication Studies, with MA courses in Media Aesthetics, Semiotics and Interactive Media. She also has a BA-level in Business Administration from the Norwegian Business School (BI).

Birgitta has worked continuously with Interaction Design (user interface design) since 1985, on a number of technological platforms, in a variety of technologies and application areas. She worked for many years with the development of large strategic, financial and trading systems in manufacturing, banking, retail, publishing, power and stock trading on a variety of platforms (DOS, UNIX, Windows, Web, mobile, etc.). From the early 1990s, she has worked with multimedia (audio and video as media elements in the user interface), for instance museums and adventure centres.

Birgitta has started three companies within design, technology and business development (New View 1993, Interaction Design 1997 and Creuna 2001).

Since 1998 Birgitta has worked in the field of “Tangible Interaction” (physical and tactile media) primarily in a research context. She has been employed as a research fellow at School of Arts and Communication (K3) at Malmö University, and researcher at the Interactive Institute’s Narrativity and Communication Studio in Malmö and at Design Sciences at Lund University (IKDC).

An important theme of Birgitta’s work within tactile media is to explore the potential of hybridizations. Hybridizations between Design and Art, between art installations, toys and furniture, audiences, users, and creators, products and services, hardware and software, use and abuse, etc. She calls what she creates ”fields”, not ”things”, ”objects”, ”products” or ”Art”. Fields filled with potentiality.

The key to most of Birgitta’s work in tangible media is cross-media co-creation. Since 2000 she has worked with two composers in the group MusicalFieldsForever. The group has exhibited its interactive, tactile sound installations in a number of places, e.g. at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde, Rooseum in Malmö, Museum of Modern Art and the House of Culture in Stockholm, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (DogA) in Oslo, in Copenhagen, Berlin and Japan. Read more about MusicalFieldsForver.

At AHO Birgitta has taught Service Design, Interaction Design, Tangible Interaction Design, Musical Interaction, Sensorial Interaction, Universal Design and E-textiles.

Until 2017 Birgitta mainly worked in the research project RHYME (rhyme.no) , which was a continuation of the work she has done in tangible media. The RHYME project goal was to improve health and quality of life through the use of tangible, musical, social and collaborative media. Improved health for families with children with multifunctional and severe disabilities. RHYME was a joint project between AHO, the Norwegian Academy of Music /Music Therapy/ Centre for Music and Health, and the University of Oslo / Department of Informatics. The research project was funded by the Norwegian Research Council through the VERDIKT programme.  Birgitta and her colleagues currently work on developing this technology and the health promoting approach on technology further, in new collaborations (Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Public health)  and towards new user groups (e.g. elderly, persons with dementia).



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Rowe, Anthony


Anthony Rowe has 15 years experience in digital media and interaction design; in practice, research and education.  He is currently a Research Fellow at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where he was previously Associate Professor of Interaction Design for 3 ½ years – his responsibilities included strategy and coordination of the taught masters curriculum in Interaction Design, some teaching, and research.

In 1997, Rowe founded Squidsoup, an internationally recognised collaborative digital arts practice. The work of Squidsoup is closely linked to his research, which is practice-led and concerned with the experiential aspects of placing, visualising and interacting with virtual systems in physical 3D space.

Rowe is also curator and co-founder of LUX, a series of seminars/exhibitions exploring the overlaps between light, space, technology and interaction. The events combine talks with exhibited work and covers art, design and architecture; looking at professional practice and how this impacts and informs research. Events have been held in Oslo, Norway (2011, 2013) and Wellington, New Zealand (2011,2012,2103). See www.oslolux.no and www.lux.org.nz for further details.

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Arnall, Timo

Project leader

Timo Arnall was instrumental in the foundation of Interaction Design at AHO, where he taught from 2004-2014. He led the research project ‘Touch’ between 2006-2009 and was a participant in the Yourban project. Timo’s PhD project ‘Making Visible‘ investigated how interaction design takes up materials, culture and communication as part of the shaping of emerging interface technologies.

He now runs Ottica in London.

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Hansen, Lise Amy

Associate professor

Lise Amy Hansen is an Associate Professor of Design Theory at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design and her researcher is concerned with interaction, communication and digital movement. Her doctorate was on digital movement and design: ‘Communicating movement – Full-body movement as a design material for digital interaction’.

She trained as a graphic designer at Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Arts, London. She was a Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins 2000-2005. She also run her own design company in London for many years, working with architects and developers on urban regeneration and with cultural institutions. She writes (sporadically) about her research projects on the blog Kinetically.

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Sevaldson, Birger


Birger Sevaldson [dipl NCAD MNIL PhD] is professor at the Institute of Design at AHO – Oslo School of Architecture and Design and a principle researcher in OCEAN design research association.

He is an academic and designer working in a broad field of design and architecture. He has been in private practice since 1986. His practice spans from architecture, interior to furniture and product design including design of lighting armatures and boat design. It also includes experimental architecture and several art installations in collaboration with the composer Natasha Barrett on the context of OCEAN.

Birger Sevaldson has been developing concepts in design computing and his doctoral thesis from 2005 is based on 15 years of research into this field. He has been collaborating in OCEAN design research association since 1997 and the experimental design projects resulting from this collaboration have been published worldwide. The research into digital design developed into a wider interest in the design process and especially design processes for uncertainty, unforeseen futures and complexity. This research grew out of the digital research which initially engaged in time related design, where time was explored as a design material. Later this approach was further developed and new concepts for systems thinking in design emerged. He has defined Systems Oriented Design as a designerly way of systems thinking and systems practice.

Birger has been lecturing and teaching in Norway, Europe, Asia and USA and has held a visiting professorship at NACD in Oslo and has been a visiting critic at Syracuse University School of Architecture, USA. He is currently visiting professor at the University College of Ålesund, Norway. He was collaborating in the start-up of the academic design journal FORMakademisk and is in the editorial board of the journal. He has been in a number of international evaluation committees amongst them the evaluation committee for Danish design research under the Ministry of Culture of Denmark, and the evaluation committee for a science master for the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), Ireland, and the evaluation committee for the EID project by the Swedish energy authorities. Birger is member of the council of the Design Research Society.

Birger has held several positions amongst them, leader of the National Council for Design Educations in Norway, Vice Rector of Oslo School of Architecture and Design and director of OCEAN Design Research Association and the committee for NORDES 2011. He is currently the curator of the Gallery AHO.

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Sjaastad, Mosse

Associate professor

Mosse is a trained interaction designer from MA Design for Interactive Media, Middlesex University, UK. She is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Design and she teaches Master courses and co-ordinate the field of Interaction Design.

She has work experience from London. She moved back to Oslo where she started with two other designers their own design studio, Noon As. During that time she worked with screen-based design and some installations, and she has won several awards from Grafill and Norsk Form.

The last seven years as teacher and course-leader she has explored, conceptualized and developed design courses from tangible interactions to screen based media at Masters level.

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Dimaki-Adolfsen, Angeliki


Angeliki is a trained designer from AHO, and graduated at 2010. She has also a background as interior architect. Angeliki has been involved in a variety of projects such as curating and presenting design in Design museums, design and children, service design and interaction design.  She is currently research assistant under the Centre of Design Research and C-SAN Futures project.

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Ball, Cheryl E


Dr. Cheryl E Ball is an Associate Professor of New Media Studies in the English Department at Illinois State University. Her areas of specialization include multimodal composition and editing practices, digital media scholarship, and digital publishing. She teaches writers to compose multimodal texts by analyzing rhetorical options and choosing the most appropriate genres, technologies, media, and modes for a particular situation.

Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. She has published articles in a range of rhetoric/composition, technical communication, and media studies journals including Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She has also published several books and textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including RAW: Reading and Writing New Media with Jim Kalmbach (Hampton, 2010); The New Work of Composing with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman (CCDP/USUP, 2012); and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects with Kristin Arola and Jennifer Sheppard (Bedford, 2013).

During the 2013-14 academic year, Ball will be a Fulbright scholar in Norway, at the Oslo School of Architeture and Design (AHO). Following, she will take up a position as Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University. Her online portfolio can be found at http://ceball.com/.


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Skjulstad, Synne

Associate professor

Synne works as associate professor at department of communication, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Norway. She teaches across various bachelor programmes, focusing on fashion media and communication design. She holds a Ph.D in media and communication studies from the University of Oslo, where she also worked as a post-doctoral researcher. Synne has published on fashion, digital media, communication design, branding and advertising and practice-based research. 

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