The New Production of Users: Changing involvement strategies and innovation collectives

Speaker: Prof Sampsa Hyysalo # University of Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture

3rd Feb 2016

15:30 - 17:00

University of Edinburgh Business School - Lecture Theatre 1A

Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation Occasional Lecture, in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh Business School, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Behind the steady stream of new products, technologies, systems and services in our modern societies there is a prolonged and complicated battle around the role of users. How should designers get to know the users’ interests and needs? Who should speak for the users? How may designers collaborate with users and in what ways may users take innovation into their own hands?

Sampsa’s talk will draw upon his forthcoming collection, coedited with Torben Jensen and Nelly Oudshoorn to  be published in Spring 2016 by Routledge.  The New Production of Users examines the currently emerging strategies and approaches to user involvement in commercial and public contexts. It analyses the challenges in the practical collaborations between designers and users, traces the history of designer-user relations from the era of mass production to the present days, and investigates a number of cases, where groups of users collectively took charge of innovation. 

Sampsa Hyysalo is Associate Professor in Co-Design at the University of Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture. He leads the INUSE research group and is currently head of Research and Doctoral Education of the Department of Design.

Sampsa’s research and teaching focus on codesign, user involvement in innovation and the co-evolution of technologies, practices and organizations. He has a Ph.D in Behavioral Sciences in the University of Helsinki and a Docentship in information systems, specialising in user-centered design. Sampsa has published 5 books and 34 peer reviewed articles and is editor of the journal Science and Technology Studies

For further details please contact Robin Williams or Raluca Bunduchi