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Dr Jared Donovan

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design


Dr Jared Donovan
Lecturer in Interaction Design
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Other Built Environment and Design, Design Practice and Management, Information Systems
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PhD (University of Queensland)

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Association for Computing Machinery


Interaction Design, Gesture Interaction, Tangible Interaction, Embodied Interaction, Human-Computer Interaction, Participatory Design, User-Centred Design, Participatory Innovation, Design Anthropology

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Jared Donovan is a lecturer and researcher in Interaction Design in the Creative Industries Faculty at the Queensland University of Technology. He has a background in Illustration and Information Technology.

Research Interests I’m interested in finding better ways of interacting with interactive technologies with the goal of making them easier to use, more enjoyable and more respecting of people’s abilities for skilled physical movement. In particular, I’ve investigated the use of gesture as a way for people to interact with computer interfaces without the need for keyboards and mice.

I am also keenly interested in finding better ways to involve people in the design process, such as by involving stakeholders as active co-designers. Before joining QUT, I worked for four years at the SPIRE centre for Participatory Innovation at the University of Southern Denmark where I researched the use of ‘provotypes’ (provocative prototypes) to spark discussion and debate. I also co-edited Design and Anthropology, published by Ashgate.

This information has been contributed by Dr Jared Donovan.


Current Teaching

  • Ars Electronica Futurelab Academy: A special project where students are mentored by international researchers from the Ars Electronica Futurelab to develop an interactive artwork. Students travel to Linz, Austria and present their work at the Ars Electronica Festival (Further details).
  • Introduction to Web Design and Development: Students learn the foundations of how to create web-sites using current web technologies (KIB103).
  • Embodied Interactions: Explores ways of designing interfaces that use more physical, bodily kinds of interactions. We want to make computers more fun, expressive and enjoyable to use (KIB309).
  • Tangible Media: How can you give interactive technology more of a physical presence? Students learn how to create and test interactive electronic prototypes (KIB314).
This information has been contributed by Dr Jared Donovan.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.