Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

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

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Emmanuel designs interactions between people, places and products. He has been employing a practice-based and co-design approaches in investigating how digital economy can enable a more sustainable society and influence behaviour change, especially in the areas of health and well-being, energy and defense. 

In terms of the former Emmanuel has been investigating how playful design along with the gamification of repetitive therapy interventions in neurophysiological (such as stroke) and neurodegenerative health conditions (such as Parkinson's), can lead to higher patient motivation levels and adherence to therapy. These interventions have been based on co-design with expert patients and clinicians and the bespoking of everyday gaming technology widely available at home. The projects attracted media attention with articles published by the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, The Times and many other online media outlets.

In terms of the latter his participation under the Solar Soldier project, led to an innovative solution of a solar-powered battery pack that can be incorporated on the uniform and kit of infantry soldiers to harvest energy, whilst reducing the bulk and weight of their kit. The project attracted media attention with articles published by the Daily Mail, Discovery News and many other online media outlets.

Emmanuel is currently working on research projects 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 interventions and interactions, as well as in the are of ageing and social isolation. 

Emmanuel is a member of the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) and the Programme leader for the new BA Design Interactions. Lastly Emmanuel is a co-editor of the Ashgate Design for Healthcare book to be published in May 2016  blogs regularly for The Guardian and The Conversation on the design and use of technology in Health. 

Updates and Outcomes

Guardian article about the value of design fiction in creating debate by asking what if...

Guardian article about the value of design fiction in creating debate by asking what if...

...receives a lot of attention and comments from readers

The article presents how sci-fi films have influenced the development of several modern day technologies and how the value of science-fiction has been also recognised in the rise of a new method for designing technology, called ‘design...Read full update

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

Guardian article about the value of design fiction in creating debate by asking what if...

Guardian article about the value of design fiction in creating debate by asking what if...

...receives a lot of attention and comments from readers

The article presents how sci-fi films have influenced the development of several modern day technologies and how the value of science-fiction has been also recognised in the rise of a new method for designing technology, called ‘design...Read full update

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

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

Dissemination Beyond Papers for Early Career Academics

Dissemination Beyond Papers for Early Career Academics

IDEAS for Impact delivered a session to help early career academics think about how they could disseminate their research beyond traditional papers.

The event took place on Wednesday 10th June and was the IDEAS for Impact team's final session contribution to this year's new programme of...Read full update

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

Tomorrow's designers will collaborate in a more holistic way

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Tomorrow's designers will collaborate in a more holistic way

What would the role of designers of the future be? An article by The Guardian (27-01-15) emphasises the increasingly cross-boundary role designers have to fulfil in tomorrow's society.  The article also features our new Design Interactions degree as a great example of a design course of the future, which responds well to the new role that designers must fulfil and employers expect. ...Read full article

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

Key Projects

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 Design InteractionsBA Design Interactions BA Design Interactions Our unique degree, starting September 2015, offers a stimulating and engaging learning experience ...
Numbers that MatterNumbers that Matter Numbers that Matter Exploring wellbeing and people’s understanding of data by co-designing a wearable open-data device
London Creative and Digital FusionLondon Creative and Digital Fusion London Creative and Digital Fusion Ambitious £5m project to inspire and support growth in the digital industries