Arno Verhoeven is Lecturer, School of Design and Sr. Tutor (UG) at the Edinburgh College of Art. He key interests are concerned with design processes in situated practice, involving multiples 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 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 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.
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 courses on Research, Studio and Exposition with the TPG Product Design Programme, using ethnomethodological approaches, including ethnographic observation, participatory design and co-creation. He applies this practice through partner project collaborations with Design Informatics; Centre for Speckled Computing; and GridIron, amongst others.
Current research projects include: 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.