I am Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Director of Open Lab. My work focuses on the design of interactive computational technologies. I’m particularly interested in design research methods and the ways in which technology design can be centred on the rich understanding of user experiences, cultures and contexts. I have particular research interests in designing for smart environments, human-data futures and digital living.

I previously held positions as Professor of Digital Living at Northumbria University; Senior Lecturer of Experience-Centred Design and then Reader in Cultural Computing at Newcastle University; Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction in the Mixed Reality Lab and School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham; and was a post-doc in the Socio-Digital Systems group at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

My background is in Psychology (BSc) and Ergonomics (MSc) with a PhD in Computer Science. Over the years my work has been heavily influenced by interdisciplinary collaborations with sociologists, philosophers and designers and consequently I take a design-led, social science orientation to understanding human experience and its application to the design of digital technologies. Accordingly, and although trained as an experimental scientist, my research is increasingly based on exploratory design-research practices.

2020

Un-authorised View: Leveraging Volunteer Expertise in Heritage

  1. Violeta Tsenova
  2. Gavin Wood
  3. Andrea Dolfini
  4. Annie Tindley
  5. David Kirk

2020CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

2019

Seamless Seams: Crafting Techniqutes for Embedding Fabrics with Interactive Actuation

  1. Nabil S
  2. Kucera J
  3. Karastathi N
  4. Kirk D
  5. Wright P
  6. Jan Kučera

20192019 Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '19)

Interactive Interior Design and Personal Data

  1. Nabil S
  2. Kirk D

2019People, Personal Data and the Built Environment

Cross-cultural Understanding of Chinese Traditional Puppetry: Integrating Digital Technology to Enhance Audience Engagement

  1. Zhao SC
  2. Kirk D
  3. Bowen S
  4. Wright PC

2019The International Journal of Intangible Heritage

Supporting the Cross-cultural Appreciation of Traditional Chinese Puppetry Through a Digital Gesture Library

  1. Zhao SC
  2. Kirk D
  3. Bowen S
  4. Chatting D
  5. Wright PC

2019ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage

2018

Accountability work: Examining the values, technologies and work practices that facilitate transparency in Charities

  1. Marshall M
  2. Vines J
  3. Wright P
  4. Kirk DS
  5. Lowe T
  6. Wilson R

2018Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Admixed portrait: Design to understand Facebook portrayals in new parenthood

  1. Durrant AC
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Trujillo-Pisanty D
  4. Martindale S

2018Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18)

Decorating public and private spaces: Identity and pride in a refugee camp

  1. Nabil S
  2. Talhouk R
  3. Trueman J
  4. Kirk DS
  5. Bowen S
  6. Wright P

2018CHI EA '18 Human Factors in Computing Systems

ActuEating: Desiging, Studying and Exploring Actuating Decorative Artefacts

  1. Nabil S
  2. Everitt A
  3. Sturdee M
  4. Alexander J
  5. Bowen S
  6. Wright P
  7. Kirk D

2018DIS '18: Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference

Untold stories: Working with third sector organisations

  1. Strohmayer A
  2. Marshall M
  3. Verma N
  4. Bopp C
  5. McNaney R
  6. Voida A
  7. Kirk DS
  8. Bidwell NJ

2018Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

2017

On Speculative Enactments

  1. Elsden C
  2. Chatting D
  3. Durrant AC
  4. Garbett A
  5. Nissen B
  6. Vines J
  7. Kirk DS

2017Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Making Ritual Machines: The Mobile Phone as a Networked Material for Research Products

  1. Chatting D
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Durrant AC
  4. Elsden C
  5. Yurman P
  6. Bichard JA

2017CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Open design at the intersection of making and manufacturing

  1. Green DP
  2. Fuchsberger V
  3. Kirk D
  4. Taylor N
  5. Chatting D
  6. Meissner J
  7. Murer M
  8. Tscheligi M
  9. Lindtner S
  10. Bjorn P
  11. Reiter A

2017CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Making home: Asserting agency in the age of IoT

  1. Chatting D
  2. Wilkinson G
  3. Marshall K
  4. Desjardins A
  5. Green D
  6. Kirk D
  7. Boucher A

2017CHI EA '17: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Situated dissemination through an HCI workplace

  1. Chen K-L
  2. Clarke R
  3. Almeida T
  4. Wood M
  5. Kirk DS

2017CHI '17 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Designing Documentary Informatics

  1. Elsden C
  2. Durrant AC
  3. Chatting D
  4. Kirk DS

2017Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17)

2016

It's just my history isn't it?: Understanding smart journaling practices

  1. Elsden C
  2. Durrant A
  3. Kirk D

2016ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016

ResViz: Politics and Design Issues in Visualizing Academic Metrics

  1. Elsden C
  2. Mellor S
  3. Olivier P
  4. Wheldon P
  5. Kirk D
  6. Comber R

2016ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016

Ritual Machines I & II: Making Technology at Home

  1. Kirk D
  2. Chatting D
  3. Yurman P
  4. Bichard J

2016ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2016

Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data

  1. Elsden C
  2. Nissen B
  3. Garbett A
  4. Chatting D
  5. Kirk D
  6. Vines J

2016CHI '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Accountable: Exploring the Inadequacies of Transparent Financial Practice in the Non-Profit Sector

  1. Marshall M
  2. Kirk D
  3. Vines J

2016CHI '16: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Understanding the Sociality of Experience in Mobile Music Listening with Pocketsong

  1. Kirk D
  2. Durrant A
  3. Wood G
  4. Leong T
  5. Wright P

2016Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS 2016)

Understanding the Sociality of Experience in Mobile Music Listening with Pocketsong

  1. Kirk DS
  2. Durrant A
  3. Wood G
  4. Leong TW
  5. Wright P

20162016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems DIS 2016

2015

Designing for Family Phatic Communication: A Design Critique Approach

  1. Chatting DJ
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Yurman P
  4. Bichard J

2015British HCI 2015

Beyond Personal Informatics: Designing for Experiences with Data.

  1. Elsden C
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Selby M
  4. Speed C

2015Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '15)

A Quantified Past: Towards Design for Remembering with Personal Informatics

  1. Elsden C
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Durrant A

2015Human–Computer Interaction

Diri - the Actuated Helium Balloon: A Study of Autonomous Behaviour in Interfaces

  1. Nowacka D
  2. Hammerla N
  3. Elsden C
  4. Ploetz T
  5. Kirk D

2015UbiComp '15 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Archival Liveness: Designing with Collections Before and During Cataloguing and Digitization

  1. Schofield T
  2. Kirk D
  3. Amaral T
  4. Dörk M
  5. Whitelaw M
  6. Schofield G
  7. Ploetz T

2015Digital Humanities Quarterly

Research Through Design and Digital Humanities in Practice: What, How and Who in an Archive Research Project.

  1. Schofield T
  2. Kirk D
  3. Whitelaw M

2015Digital Humanities

Nature Bot: Experiencing Nature in the Built Environment

  1. McDonald S
  2. Kirk D
  3. Bryan-Kinns N

2015C and C 2015 - 2015 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity and Cognition

2014

An Emergent Framework for Digital Memorials

  1. Moncur W
  2. Kirk DS

2014Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '14)

Designing for Slowness, Anticipation and Re-visitation: a long term field study of the photobox

  1. Odom W
  2. Sellen A
  3. Banks R
  4. Kirk DS
  5. Regan T
  6. Selby M
  7. Forlizzi J

2014SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '14)

Human Values in Curating a Human Rights Media Archive

  1. Durrant AC
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Reeves S

2014SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '14)

Tangible Autonomous Interfaces (TAIs): Exploring Autonomous Behaviour in TUIs

  1. Nowacka D
  2. Kirk DS

2014Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI '14)

A quantified past: remembering with personal informatics.

  1. Elsden C
  2. Kirk DS

2014DIS Companion '14

Quotidian Ritual and Work-Life Balance: An Ethnography of Not Being There

  1. Bichard J
  2. Yurman P
  3. Kirk DS
  4. Chatting D

2014Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings (EPIC)

2012

Pursuing Leisure: Reflections on Theme Park Visiting

  1. Durrant A
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Benford S
  4. Rodden T

2012Computer Supported Collaborative Work

2011

Automics: Souvenir generating photoware for theme parks

  1. Durrant A
  2. Rowland D
  3. Kirk DS
  4. Benford S
  5. Fischer JE
  6. McAuley D

2011CHI 2011: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Matters of Life and Death: Locating the End of Life in Lifespan-Oriented HCI Research

  1. Massimi M
  2. Odom W
  3. Banks R
  4. Kirk D

2011Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '11)

Graspables revisited: Multi-Touch vs. Tangible Input for Tabletop Displays in Acquisition and Manipulation Tasks

  1. Tuddenham P
  2. Kirk DS
  3. Izadi S

201128th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

2010

On human remains: Values and practice in the home archiving of cherished objects

  1. Kirk DS
  2. Sellen A

2010ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction

Opening up the family archive

  1. Kirk DS
  2. Izadi S
  3. Sellen A
  4. Taylor S
  5. Banks R
  6. Hilliges O

2010CSCW 2010: Proceedings of the 2010 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Now Let Me See Where I Was: Understanding How Lifelogs Mediate Memory

  1. Kalnikaite V
  2. Sellen A
  3. Whittaker S
  4. Kirk DS

201028th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '10)

Home Video Communication: Mediating 'Closeness'

  1. Kirk DS
  2. Sellen A
  3. Cao X

2010ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

2009

Putting the physical into the digital: issues in designing hybrid interactive surfaces

  1. Kirk D
  2. Sellen A
  3. Taylor S
  4. Villar N
  5. Izadi S

2009BCS-HCI 2009: Proceedings of the 23rd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers: Celebrating People and Technology

Collocated social practices surrounding photos

  1. Lindley S
  2. Durrant AC
  3. Kirk D
  4. Taylor AS

2009International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

2008

Bringing physics to the surface

  1. Wilson AD
  2. Izadi S
  3. Hilliges O
  4. Garcia-Mendoza A
  5. Kirk D

2008UIST 2008: Proceedings of the 21st Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology