Hi, I’m John. Welcome to my website. I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University, where I work in the Digital Interaction group based in Culture Lab. Hopefully you will find lots of useful information about me here – such as my research interests, the projects I am doing now and have worked on in the past, my publications, and my general musings (when I get around to doing them). I am also Co-Director of Mutable Objects, a human-centered design consultancy that focuses on undertaking exploratory design research grounded in qualitative studies and co-creation with stakeholders. To find out more about my background, visit here.
As way of a brief introduction though, I am a design researcher who mostly works in the interdisciplinary field of human-computer interaction. My research focuses on:
1) understanding lived experience across the human lifespan and the role digital technology plays (and might play) in peoples lives as they age;
2) examining the reasons why multiple voices from members of the public should (or should not) be involved in the design of new technologies;
3) exploring new methods and mechanisms for to support collaboration, participation, and the sharing of expertise and experience in design processes;
4) developing new technologies, services and policies that can both support ageing and well-being yet simultaneously question the dominant – often negative – concepts and discourse surround growing old.
Having spent the last 10 years designing and researching into technologies for later life, I strongly believe that too much design and computer science focuses on the negatives of ageing and not the abundant positives. Along with much user-/people-centred design, experiences and uses of technologies tend to be engineered by system designers – or, at least the designer implies they can be engineered. I believe that design should instead be about opening up spaces for people to reflect upon their own experiences and form rich and engaging experiences in the future. This might not mean usable products or technologies; it might not mean technologies that enter to the background of quotidian life; it might not mean products and services that actually make life simpler and are immediately understood by ‘users’. In the context of ageing, complexity, effort, time, and the challenge afforded by new technologies are pre-requisites for embodied well-being.
You can find me usually sitting in Space 2, Culture Lab, Newcastle University. If you’re not fortunate enough to be in Newcastle upon Tyne though, I can be contacted at john[.]c[.]vines[@]gmail[.]com. I also have profiles on academia.edu, and linkedin. Oh, and occasionally, I tweet.