Dr Emmanuel Tsekleves

Tsekleves
Senior Lecturer in Design Interactions
Design Interactions, Design for Health & Wellbeing, Design for Ageing, Co-Design, Playful Design, Gamification, Emotional Design, 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. 

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

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

Co-designing the perfect garden...

Co-designing the perfect garden...

...in a most playful way.

Following the success of our first workshop and our groups' shared interest in gardening, in the second workshop we explored the design of the perfect garden. Our co-designers created a series of perfect gardens with very rich stories to accompany them. Using creative...Read full update

Behaviours that Stick in the Campus in the City...

Behaviours that Stick in the Campus in the City...

...generated public interest and discussion on energy use in the home

In an event held in the Campus in the City venue in Lancaster on the 24th of February, members of the Behaviours that Stick project exhibited the creative outcome of the project. This included several energy use calendars,...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

Co-designing the perfect garden...

Co-designing the perfect garden...

...in a most playful way.

Following the success of our first workshop and our groups' shared interest in gardening, in the second workshop we explored the design of the perfect garden. Our co-designers created a series of perfect gardens with very rich stories to accompany them. Using creative...Read full update

Behaviours that Stick in the Campus in the City...

Behaviours that Stick in the Campus in the City...

...generated public interest and discussion on energy use in the home

In an event held in the Campus in the City venue in Lancaster on the 24th of February, members of the Behaviours that Stick project exhibited the creative outcome of the project. This included several energy use calendars,...Read full update

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

The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
The enduring appeal of analogue in a digital world

Article about the appeal of analogue in a digital world and the rise of 'phygital' published in The Conversation. To read the article click here. ...Read full article

Wearable tech for Christmas? It probably won’t help you get fit!

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Wearable tech for Christmas? It probably won’t help you get fit!

My article on the usefulness of health and fitness apps of wearable gadgets, such as  Samsung’s Galaxy Gear Android Wear, Fitbit’s Charge Microsoft’s Band and the Apple Watch, published by The Guardian today. ...Read full article

Wii games 'benefit stroke victims'

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Wii games 'benefit stroke victims'

Article published by The Daily Mail on my research work & journal article on the design personalised computer games for aiding stroke survivors with their physiotherapy. ...Read full article

Is Apple's iWatch the answer to a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

Articleby Emmanuel Tsekleves
Is Apple's iWatch the answer to a healthier and fitter lifestyle?

It has been exactly a month since the unveiling of the iWatch and iPhone 6 by Apple on the 9th of September. Along with it came a lot of promise and expectations although it would be at least another three months before it becomes commercially available. ...Read full article

Key Projects

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