Job title: Programme Director, Design for Change

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Research outputs: Arno Verhoeven on Edinburgh Research Explorer

Arno Verhoeven is Lecturer, School of Design and Sr. Tutor (UG) at the Edinburgh College of Art.  

Arno received his B.Sc from the University of Toronto where he studied social and cognitive psychology.  He views ‘making as strategy and method’ during the design process, informed by a decade of studio craft practice following his studies in the Furniture Studio at Sheridan College (CA).  In 2006 he received his M.Des from the Design Academy Eindhoven, under the supervision of Gijs Bakker and Renny Remakers of Droog Design.   He is currently a doctoral candidate with the Open University (MK).  His PhD thesis investigates how boundary objects and intermediary prototypes are used during design activities to communicate differences in perception and understanding of past and future states across multi-disciplinary design groups.

His research interests are centred on understanding design processes in situated practice, involving multiple actors and agents across distributed social groups.  The research focuses on the innovative use of design methods, and uncovering the ways in which designers analyze and think critically about worlds through the interplay between people, objects and systems; how they are seen, intended, interpreted, referenced and described.   Arno has a keen interest in the role that objects, both made and found, play in the design process, and methods by which designers produce and utilize objects to move the design process forward.

He teaches under the Design Informatics postgraduate programme as Course Organiser for Design for Informatics, and leads teaching on postgraduate studio courses Design ResearchDesign Studio and Expositionwithin the Product Design programme.  Coursework focuses on design based ethnomethodology, including ethnographic observation, participatory design, inclusive design and co-creation methods through both iterative and generative design methodologies.

Recent design research projects have included:  

  • Co-I on ‘Naked Craft’, an AHRC funded initiative as part of NCN research network between Canada and Scotland; 
  • Co-I on ‘Talisman’, a multi-disciplinary project developing forward thinking iBeacon devices involving Informatics, National Museum Scotland, Bitwink and ECA; 
  • Academic lead on ‘This is how we do it’, a Creative Exchange project creating a digital archive of gestural skills involving Culturelab (Newcastle University), FORMA, The Beamish Gallery (Durham), NCN and ECA.

Current PhD students