Dr. Simon Bowen

Simon at a Pop-up Lab during Metro Futures Screenshot from Layers of the Old Dock the "here and now" interactive artwork, peppered moth visualisation

I am a design researcher, designer, and photographer based at Open Lab, Newcastle University where I develop and coordinate design research projects, supervise PhD students, and teach interaction and participatory design.

My research concerns design 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.

My photographic work includes landscape, architecture, and travel. And, since 2015, I have been exploring the potential of panoramic and spherical photography.

Lastly, I don’t ‘blog very often but you will find the occasional news item or opinion posted below.