Current Projects, Background and Design Ideals
I am currently the UX Lead in Økonomistyrelsen, where I lead the UX work of the Danish state economic and HR systems. My work covers tasks such as evaluating and implementing UX methods and tools, creating and leading the UX Lab, mentor and supervising UX processes and development projects.
My PhD project: Designing Movement-based Play and Games – in Theory and Practice
I hold a PhD in interaction and game design from the Institute of Computer Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. My research centred on designing for and with movement, from saperspective of play as the foundation. As part of my research, I have developed two designs: 1. A design game to structure and continuously encourage a playful mindset throughout a co-design workshop intending to develop ideas for play and playful activities, and 2: a hybrid movement-based play and games system, the Move Maker.
Methodologically, my project was built on Research through Design process within the Human-Centred Design field. Theoretically, my PhD was grounded in a phenomenological perspective on bodily play and games from the belief that play and games are subjective experiences rooted deeply in our culture and social and personal life. The phenomenological perspective and method offer a way to understand the underlying dynamics of such experiences. I further translated these theoretical perspectives into design knowledge in a process of design iterations and playtests. My research output is listed on the publications page.
The Fun Background
I have a keen interest in mobile and pervasive play and user experiences, playful installations and movement-based games. For the last 10 years, this has been the focus of my professional and educational life – as a researcher and designer with a couple of years as entrepreneurial CEO and design lead of the game company Hybrid Play and Games (producing the commercial sound and movement-based game Space Agent).
I am a designer and academic scholar bridging the digital and physical worlds into aesthetic and playful experiences with a focus on bodily interactions; physical, perceptual, and intercorporeal. In addition, I have a creative background in music and performance, which I draw on when designing and researching digital interactive play and games.
My designs build on thorough player research initiated in the concept development phase and extended beyond (if possible) the post-implementation phase. I work within the Human-Centred Design tradition focusing on designing for real people in real situations. I love exploring everyday life activities for new play or game design opportunities. I strive for complexity in simplicity; a good game should be easy to learn but difficult to master (Bushnell’s Law).
I love playing around in and with our physical surroundings. This passion has been the red thread throughout my life, skating and roller skating from childhood on – and even working briefly as a professional roller skating event maker, to my work as percussionist leading several drum and dance groups through the streets of Copenhagen (- and Olinda, Brasil). Before pursuing my interest in interaction and game design studies, I worked as a musician with Hermeto Pascoal, World Saxophone Quartet, The Orchestra, HUSH and many more – and taught music at Lund University, Sweden, Skt. Annæ Gymnasium and Elsinore MGK and music school held many workshops.
My formal background is, besides the aforementioned PhD in Compuer Science, MSc.IT Digital Design and Communication from the IT-University, Cph, DK. and bac.mus (percussionist/music and movement teacher) from Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Cph, DK. I have 10 years of experience as an interaction and game designer working at various companies (herein as CEO and lead designer), four years of teaching interaction, game and play design (IT-University and NTNU) and more than 10 years of experience teaching music (a.o. Lund University, Skt. Annæ Gymnasium, Elsinore Music School). As an academic scholar, I have worked as a research assistant at IT-University and the University of Southern Denmark. For more details on formalities, please consult my Linkedin profile. You can also contact me through LinkedIn.