Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

Tsekleves
Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions
Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Design Interactions, Design Fictions, Playful Design, Gamification, Digital Design
e [dot] tsekleves [at] lancaster [dot] ac [dot] uk

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Emmanuel leads research at the intersection of design, health, wellbeing and technology. His design-led research in the areas of health, ageing, wellbeing and defence has generated public interest and attracted media attention by the national press, such as the Daily MailDaily MirrorThe Times, the Daily MailDiscovery News and several other international online media outlets.  

Emmanuel applies design innovation in the area of healthcare and researches health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours.  He conducts research in the design of technology-inspired health interventions and services, which are created by end-users and are aimed at improving the quality of life and wellbeing of people into old age, including people with chronic health problems (i.e. Dementia, Parkinson’s, Stroke). Emmanuel researches preventative tools that encourage healthier behaviours through the use of playfulness and interactive playful objects. His current research looks at how design can help prevent the transmission of bacterial and viral infections in indoour environments. 

Lastly, Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research, the Data Science Institute and the Programme leader for the new BA Design, co-editor of the Routledge Design for Health book published in 2017 and blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health.

Updates and Outcomes

Interactive Xylophone dominates musically Lancaster's town centre for a day

Interactive Xylophone dominates musically Lancaster's town centre for a day

..receiving great attention from locals and visitors.

The pilot testing of the second proof-of-concept interactive xylophone was an absolute success! The new and improved version of the interactive xylophone included a very different design from the first version, including lights a different...Read full update

Interactive xylophone rings the changes for Ryelands Park

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Interactive xylophone rings the changes for Ryelands Park

20th of August 2014, Market Square, Lancaster, UK

We will be showcasing the 2nd version of our interactive xylophone in Lancaster City Centre (Market Square) on Wednesday the 20th of August

Following the successful testing of an interactive xylophone in Ryelands Park earlier...Read full update

Creative and playful ways for collecting user data

Creative and playful ways for collecting user data

Using arts, crafts and Lego to creating enticing generative interview probes

Capturing data 'in the wild' (non-lab based environments) is always a challenge, as attracting participants for short interviews or data capture is extremely difficult. Associate research members of the 'Behaviours...Read full update

Playfulness is Ageless!

Playfulness is Ageless!

Watch our video of people interacting with the Xylophone in the park

We gathered a number of interesting points and lessons from the brief pilot testing of the interactive Xylophone in the park on the 28th of June. Firstly it was evident that playfulness in ageless. It was great to see people...Read full update

Having fun with the interactive xylophone in the park

...and lots of exercise too!

We could not resist the temptation and trialled out the interactive xylophone ourselves prior to the start of the event last Saturday. As the videos portray it was such a great fun but an equally challenging physical activity at the same time.  ...Read full update

Designing playful interactions for stroke survivors

Designing playful interactions for stroke survivors

Invited talk given at the stroke rehabilitation and technology at the Royal Society of Medicine

An invited talk was given at the stroke rehabilitation and technology at the Royal Society of Medicine on the role of playful design in stroke rehabilitation. During the talk a number of...Read full update

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Welcome to our new postgraduate students

Induction Day for the new cohort of MA Design Management students.

Imagination welcomed the new MA Design Management cohort today, introducing them to the University and in particular the design management postgraduate course. As part of the Induction session, the students took part in the...Read full update

Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Learning from zoos – how our environment can influence our health

The title of my latest article published at The Conversation, covers the subject of design for health. It argues that the way we design the environment we live in, ultimately designs our behaviour. Therefore before we start fat shaming, let’s take a look at urban design. If we want to be a nation of lean, mean and healthy citizens we need to learn from zoos and the animals that live in them. ...Read full article

It’s not too late to turn the NHS apps library disaster into an opportunity

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
It’s not too late to turn the NHS apps library disaster into an opportunity

The NHS has been keen to use the proliferation of smartphones as a way to encourage people to maintain their health through smartphone apps. Or rather it did, until it was closed after some recent negative publicity, including some studies that cast doubt on whether many of the apps had any beneficial effects at all and others that revealed that the apps were leaking sensitive personal data to all and sundry. ...Read full article

Article on wearable technology health tech featured by the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Article on wearable technology health tech featured by the Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mirror

Recent articles in The Guardian and The Conversation on wearable technology health tech and the end of the sickie have been featured by The Daily Telegraph ('Wearable technology could thwart sickies' - page 2) and The Daily Mirror ('Ticked-off by watches that stop sickies' - page 19).  ...Read full article

iWatching you..

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
iWatching you..

...beware a future where health monitoring by wearables is the norm As wearable devices are equipped with advanced health-tracking technology, how long before third parties use this information to gauge how well we are? ...Read full article

The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The rise of wearable health tech could mean the end of the sickie

Wearable health tech is still in its early days. These devices come with sensors that can record how many steps and how much exercise you’ve taken, how well and long you‘ve slept, stress levels, blood pressure, sun exposure, even what you’ve have eaten. Added together, all this could easily demonstrate that you’re not so sick after all. ...Read full article

Play hard, work hard

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Play hard, work hard

Commentary on workplace design published in the latest edition of Hays Journal, an award-winning publication reaching key human resources and recruitment professionals. The article entitled 'welcome to paradise' presents the benefits and trends in workplace design to increasing employee productivity. My commentary (pages 43-44) entitled 'play hard, work hard' discusses the value of playful design in the workplace as a means to increasing...Read full article

You can find a list of Emmanuel Tsekleves's publications on the Lancaster University research pages.

Key Projects

Dust BunniesDust Bunnies Dust Bunnies Scoping global challenge research in understanding real world interactions (of dust-born infections) in ...
What if? Design Fictions for SocietyWhat if? Design Fictions for Society What if? Design Fictions for Society Imagining the future implications of policy initiatives in creative ways.
ProtoPolicyProtoPolicy ProtoPolicy Using design fiction to help politicians and community groups imagine the future implications of policy ...
Ageing PlayfullyAgeing Playfully Ageing Playfully Co-designing interactive and playful ways to encourage dementia-friendly exercise and movement.
Include Me Include Me Include Me Co-designing 'phygital' interactions for the social inclusion of children with autism
Active ParksActive Parks Active Parks Co-designing a Health trail in Ryelands Park
ReWiiReReWiiRe ReWiiRe Research for Wii Rehabilitation
Behaviours that StickBehaviours that Stick Behaviours that Stick Exploring emotional design of sustainable behaviours that stick
BA DesignBA Design BA Design Our unique degree offers a stimulating and engaging learning experience with opportunities for projects ...
Numbers that MatterNumbers that Matter Numbers that Matter Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device