This is the personal site of Joyce S R Yee (@jsheau). I am a design researcher, author and designer in the areas of service design and interaction design. I am an Associate Professor in Social Design at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Briefly about me

My research is divided into two main strands: one focusing on the impact and value of design in social spaces and the other on the epistemological and methodological implications of research through design.

I co-founded the inaugural Research Through Design (RTD) conference with Jayne Wallace as an experimental conference series for disseminating practice-based design research. I also co-founded the DESIAP (Design for Social Innovation in Asia Pacific) Network with Dr Yoko Akama from RMIT, Melbourne, as a platform to bring together Asia Pacific practitioners and researchers working in this space.

In 2013, I published Design Transitions with Emma Jefferies and Lauren Tan—a book about how design is changing around the world. I have recently followed up this research with Transformations: 7 Roles to Drive Change by Design, a book that documents how design is used to drive change across different organisations using 7 change roles. These two books form a key part of my practice in understanding how design is driving change in organisations.

I teach Interaction Design at undergraduate level and together with my colleague Jamie Steane are about to publish Interaction Design: From Concept to Completion (Bloomsbury, Jan 2018). The book explores common pitfalls, effective workflows and innovative development techniques in contemporary interaction design by tracking projects from initial idea to the critical and commercial reception of the finished project.

I was also involved in co-editing The Routledge Companion to Design Research (2015), featuring 39 original and high quality design research chapters from contributors around the world.

This is a now an archival site for my previous design and personal work. For my more recent work, please access my LinkedIn and research related sites.



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