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CM Seminar: Eli Blevis

Speaker Name: 
Eli Blevis
Speaker Title: 
Professor of Informatics in Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d)
Speaker Organization: 
Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington
Start Time: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 12:00pm
End Time: 
Monday, November 30, 2020 - 1:15pm
Via Zoom Presentation
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My research concerns the confluence of HCI+Design. There are three thematic areas to my research, namely Sustainable Interaction Design (SID aka SHCI), Visual Thinking, and Design Theory & Education. I will present highlights from talks associated with papers and pictorials I have contributed over years in each of these areas. I will share ideas for how to promote and increase inclusivity and diversity.

In the first thematic area of Sustainable Interaction Design, I care about re-thinking the way that interaction designers account for things they design, as matters of values and responsibilities. This concern has led to contributions, alone and with others, that take up notions of durability, re-conceptualizing fashion, food practices, collapse informatics, and most recently design for respect. Certain of my work in this area is considered by many to be seminal and has been awarded.

In the second thematic area of Visual Thinking, I care about photographic quality in HCI+Design, as a matter of design literacy. The notion of photography’s foundational role in HCI has some traction not only with me, but with others who have long held that the visual can and should be co-equal with texts, and who collectively share this vision in a way that prompts broad participation. This traction takes form in the pictorials tracks at ACM venues. Certain of my work in this area has been awarded for setting basic directions and pushing boundaries.

In the third thematic area of Design Theory and Education, I care about new paradigms of teaching and learning in HCI+Design, as a matter of inclusivity. My philosophy may be summed up as “Make sure that everyone in a class—that is each and every one—has equal time, invitation, and opportunity to speak, present, critique, facilitate, question, answer, and fully participate in every way in every detail.” 


Eli Blevis is Professor of Informatics in Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (Luddy) at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is Director of the HCI/d Program. Since 2012, he has served most summers as a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. His primary area of research, and the one for which he is best known, is sustainable interaction design. His research also engages visual thinking—especially photographic foundations of HCI, and design theory—especially transdisciplinary design and education.

Prof. Blevis holds a Ph.D. awarded in 1990 from the School of Computing (Department of Computing & Information Sciences at the time) of Queen’s University at Kingston, Canada. His Ph.D. is the first to be awarded by this school. His PhD Advisors are Prof. Janice Glasgow and Prof. Michael Jenkins.


The Zoom access link and passcode are:

Meeting ID: 925 6818 3047
Passcode: 485488

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