Simon Bowen

simon.bowen@ncl.ac.uk | Research Associate

Simon Bowen

I am a design researcher and designer, currently working as Senior Research Associate within the Digital Economy Research Centre, where I develop and coordinate design research projects, supervise PhD students, and teach interaction and participatory design.

My research concerns designerly making (sometimes called designerly thinking) as a means of collaboration and innovation, which I have investigated in a range of settings including academic-industry knowledge exchange, health and social care, and community- and citizen- led public services ('digital civics').

My design work includes interactive media, speculative designs and design fictions, public services, digital games, and web sites for various contexts including cultural heritage, health and social care, mindfulness and technology use, and technologies and media for personal remembering.


2017

Enabling Polyvocality in Interactive Documentaries through "Structural Participation"
Green DP, Bowen S, Hook J, Wright P, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems6317-6329
Mindfulness and technology: Traces of a middle way
Akama Y, Light A, Bowen S, DIS 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems345-355

2016

<em>Unfoldings: </em>Multiple Explorations of Sound and Space
Shaw T, Bowen S, Bowers J, New Interfaces For Musical Expression152-157
Many Makings: Entangling Publics, Participation and Things in a Complex Collaborative Context
Bowers J, Bowen S, Shaw T, ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems1246-1257
The value of designers' creative practice within complex collaborations
Bowen S, Durrant A, Nissen B, Bowers J, Wright P, Design Studies174-198
Many Makings: Entangling Publics, Participation and Things in a Complex Collaborative Context
Bowers J, Bowen S, Shaw T, 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 16)1246-1257

2015

Understanding the lived experience of adolescents with type 1 diabetes: opportunities for design
Webster M, Foster E, Comber R, Bowen S, Cheetham T, Balaam M, Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '15)140-149
Beyond Participatory Production: Digitally Supporting Grassroots Documentary
Green D, Bowen S, Newell C, Schofield G, Bartindale T, Crivellaro C, Sheik A, Wright P, Olivier P, Proceedings of the 33rd annual SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI 20153157-3166
Exploring gesture sonification to support reflective craft practice
Smith T, Bowen S, Nissen B, Bowers J, Hook J, Verhoevan A, Wright P, Olivier P, CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems67-76
Contesting the City: Enacting the political through digitally supported urban walks
Crivellaro C, Comber R, Dade-Robertson M, Bowen S, Wright P, Olivier P, CHI 2015 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems2853-2862

Associated Projects

  • Stained glass
    Illuminations
    Shortly after Easter 2017 the medieval St Andrew’s Church in Heckington, Lincolnshire witnessed an immersive world of art, sound and history. A collection of artworks and performances used digital technologies to show the church’s past and its plac...
    August 30, 2011
  • Metro Futures
    The Tyne and Wear Metro has used the same trains since it opened in 1980, but these will soon need to be replaced. Nexus, which owns and manages the Metro collaborated with Open Lab to design methods and digital tools to involve more of Metro’s 40 m...
    August 30, 2011
 
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