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Pelle Ehn


Professor Pelle Ehn has for more than three decades internationally played a major role in the research field of participatory design and in bridging design and information technology. Research projects include DEMOS from the seventies on information technology and work place democracy, UTOPIA from the eighties on user participation and skill based design, and ATELIER from this decade, on architecture and technology for creative environments. In 1998, hi co-founded The School of Arts and Communication and the Interactive Institute as a kind of 'Digital Bauhaus' in Malmö, Sweden. In continuation of this he is now participating in setting up a new research center on new media and co-production at Malmö University. His many volumes include Computers and Democracy (1987), Work-Oriented Design of Computer Artifacts (1988), Manifesto for a Digital Bauhaus (1998), Participatory Design and the Collective Designer (2002), Participation in Interaction Design (2006), Out of the Box (2007) and Participation in Design Things (2008). In 2008 he received the biannual ACM Rigo Award for a lifetime contribution to the field of communication design.