Designing for next generation rich interaction design systems.
The Institute of Design, AHO offers a practice-based PhD in interaction design. Interaction design systems are today an essential part of interaction design practice that allow efficient and consistent design across large organisation or communities by defining reusable design components and patterns. Current design systems practice is expanding as diverse interaction technologies such as 3D audio, multiscreen, gestures, eye-tracking, mixed reality and haptics that are embedded in people’s social and physical contexts. As this trend continues it is important that we learn how to integrate such embodied and multimodal expressions into usable design systems for design practitioners. As such there is a need to experiment with and investigate frameworks allowing the definition of extended modalities and distributed interaction into design systems in interaction design practice.
The doctorate will explore the integration of post-screen interaction technologies into design systems, to realise user-friendly and aesthetically rich user experiences. The PhD should be positioned within interaction design practice with an emphasis on doing design experiments and analysis of design cases as part of the work. The project will use OpenBridge design system (www.openbridge.no) and connected resources as a case in the research with the purpose of improving the system as well as developing state of the art knowledge of interaction design systems practice.
The cases in this doctorate will be done in collaboration with the researchers, student assistants and designers in Ocean Industries Concept Lab, a leading design research group in Norway. The group has dedicated lab and workshop spaces. The PhD will also draw from several ongoing research projects connected to the OpenBridge design System that is dealing with advanced design systems, design in virtual and augmented reality interfaces. OpenBridge is the world’s only open-source design system for safety critical maritime workplaces. It is currently expanded to address multiscreen, gestural, voice, eye-tracking and haptic interaction. The system is in use all over the world and is currently disrupting maritime design. The research group has wide access to leading industry actors and potential field study sites. This PhD position will be supported by our experience and offer a space for inquiry where design practice is paramount in generating actual impact for this major and changing sector of global transport and communication.
For more information on this research program, please visit www.ahophdlive.com.
The video shows work from the augmented reality part of OpenBridge Design System.
Please note that all documentation must be in English or a Scandinavian language. Applications that do not comply with the formal requirements will not be considered. Attachments beyond the required documents will not be taken into consideration.
The material for the PhD application will be assessed according to the following criteria:
The educational component in the AHO PhD Programme is mandatory and requires fulltime attendance. Residency in Oslo for the employment period is mandatory. Research stay at a relevant international academic institution is encouraged. The PhD fellowship will start September 1st 2022.
The PhD Programme at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) will arrange an online information meeting about the AHO PhD Programme on Friday, February 4th 2022 at 14:00 CET. See www.ahophdlive.com for more information.
Questions about this PhD position can be directed to the main supervisor: