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
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Emmanuel designs interactions between people, places and products by forging creative design methods along with digital 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 researches health promoting innovations by 'designing out' the problems and barriers that prevent health-promoting behaviours. He designs technology inspired health interventions and services that are created by end-users that aim to improve quality of life through play and playful interactions. His research also looks at exploring healthy futures that ordinary people would prefer, by using design fictions (provocative prototypes) that engage and encourage people to envision, explain and raise questions about direction of future technology and society

Previous research in this field also includes the design & development of playful therapy interventions in neurophysiological (such as stroke) and neurodegenerative health conditions (such as Parkinson's). He is currently working with people in the early stages of Dementia, with families of children with autism and in the area of public health on the design of playful technology and interactions that promote healthy behaviours. His current research also looks into how participatory design fictions can be used a s a tool to provoke and generate debate around policy initiatives  and emergent technology amongst diverse groups in the areas of ageing and dementia

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

Updates and Outcomes

Urban Design for Promoting Community Public Health

Urban Design for Promoting Community Public Health

Paper presented at the 11th Design & Health World Congress

Emmanuel Tsekleves gave a presentation at the prestigious 11th Design & Health World Congresson the design of urban green spaces for promoting public health. The conference was organised by the International Academy for Design and...Read full update

Euthanasia Wearable Design Fiction

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Euthanasia Wearable Design Fiction

Following the co-design workshops at Lancaster and Falmouth two design fictions have been developed. The Euthanasia Wearable Design Fiction comprises of two documents, namely a quick start guide, a anti-Euthanasia campaign flyer and a Euthanasia Wearable prototype. The Euthanasia...More information

Smart Object Therapist Design Fiction

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Smart Object Therapist Design Fiction

Following the co-design workshops at Lancaster and Falmouth two design fictions have been developed. The Smart Home Therapist Design Fiction is an indirect response of our older people co-designer group to the government nascent policies of integrated care and ageing in place included in the...More information

ProtoPolicy Design Fictions presented at Westminster

ProtoPolicy Design Fictions presented at Westminster

The event marked the lunch of the ProtoPolicy Design Fictions

In a launch event held on Monday the 7th of July at the Palace of Westminster, the AHRC-funded Protopolicy project, presented the Design Fictions that emerged through the co-design workshops at Lancaster and Falmouth. The...Read full update

Speculative Design and Policymaking Panel Discussion

Speculative Design and Policymaking Panel Discussion

This event will bring together some current and recent examples of speculative design used as a tool by policymakers and researchers in Whitehall.

Monday 6th July, 6:00 - 7:30pm  Jubilee RoomHouse of CommonsPalace of Westminster ...Read full update

V&A Keynote talk on Playful Design in Healthcare...

V&A Keynote talk on Playful Design in Healthcare...

... receives a lot of attention during the Sackler conference on Art, Design and New Technology for Health

The keynote speech at the Sackler conference at the V&A museum (Friday 19th June 2015) presented the role of playful design in healthcare. It showcased how game thinking combined with...Read full update

First ProtoPolicy co-design workshop with Age UK and local community

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First ProtoPolicy co-design workshop with Age UK and local community

16th of June 2015, Centre @ Halton

Taking place early next week

A half-day co-design workshop will take place early next week in partnership with Age UK Lancashire and a group of 12 people from the local community.  The aim of the workshop will be to use policy exerts...Read full update

Creative use of games in Parkinson’s therapy...

Creative use of games in Parkinson’s therapy...

..Invited talk at Blackpool Parkinson's awareness week information event

Following his article on the use of games in Parkinson's physical rehabilitation, Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves was invited by Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of Parkinson’s UK to give a talk at last week's Parkinson's...Read full update

Schools and education chiefs need to up their game...

Schools and education chiefs need to up their game...

...published by leading magazine in education technology!

The article published in Education Technology draws from research conducted on the use of games in education by studying all relevant published research work. ...Read full update

VIP Guest at The Guardian Media Summit..

VIP Guest at The Guardian Media Summit..

..a unique experience.

Following the publication of a number of well received by the public articles on The Guardian (see here and here) Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves was invited to participate as a vip guest of the Guardian in this year’s Guardi ...Read full update

Co-designing musical instruments..

Co-designing musical instruments..

..reveals insights on user participation

This was by far the most playful and animated workshop the team has run. Workshop participants co-designed in groups very unique musical soundboard filled with musical instruments made from scratch. The session finished with people playing music using...Read full update

Voting for the design theme to work with...

Voting for the design theme to work with...

..and the winner is: Other Bother!

In our second in a series of workshops our team of co-designers voted from a series of themes that emerged in the previous workshop.  From the list of key themes (boring snoring, sense intense, other bother, wiggle jiggle, unknown zone) other bother...Read full update

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

From vinyl records to toys: the return of analogue products in our digital lives

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
From vinyl records to toys: the return of analogue products in our digital lives

The resurgence of analogue shows us that although we live in a digital age we still place a lot of value on physical experiences. Therefore the comeback is not simply a nostalgia for the past, but instead a driving force of a post-digital era, where a new hybrid physical and digital – phygital – future is emerging. ...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