Who we are!

Members

[Masood Masoodian] [Inkeri Aula] [Nicola Cerioli] [Elena Comincioli] [Markus Joutsela] [Teemu Korpilahti] [Dohee Lee] [ Laureen Mahler] [Oona Räyhäntausta] [Tania Rodriguez-Kaarto] [Lauri Rummukainen] [Teppo Vesikukka] [Heidi Uppa].

MA Students

[Toom Tragel].

Visitors

[Elisabeth André] [Mark Apperley] [Julia Castillo] [Helena Gabrijelčič Tomc] [Anže Kavčič] [Jens Müller] [Beryl Plimmer] [Thomas Rist] [Bill Rogers] [Nana Wang].

Past Memebers and Students

[Ia Ahl] [Mikko Airikka] [Leah Burns] [Lukasz Geratowski] [Jonatan Hildén] [Antti Honka] [Oskari Kallio] [Laura Koivunen] [Veera Krouglov] [Janne Kuisma] [Anna Mäkelä] [Sunwha Park] [Laura Valojärvi] [Xinran Wang] [Yuzhou Wang] [Samar Zureik].


 

Masood Masoodian
...visualization, visual design, interaction design!

I lead the Aalto Visual Communication Design group. I am interested in designing interactive visualizations to provide effective means of understating information by ordinary people in areas such as health, energy, and sustainability. I am also interested in design thinking and trying to better understand the design process, for instance by investigating the role of imagery in the visual design process and creativity.

My email: masood.masoodian@aalto.fi
My links: Google Scholar
My links: Publications list
My links: Human-Centred Technology for Sustainability

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Masood Masoodian

 

Heidi Uppa
...design thinking, interactive design, storytelling!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group, and a project researcher working on the FOLD research project. I want to develop better tools and methods for a design process to create more meaningful and sustainable brands and packaging solutions. I believe that design thinking, reflective approach and utilisation of creative strategies will help us to move towards inclusive, interactive and sustainable future. My doctoral research is focusing on researching narratives and narrative methods particularly in relation to food.

My email: heidi.uppa@aalto.fi

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Heidi Uppa

 

Nicola Cerioli
...data visualization, complexity, interaction design!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group. I'm interested in the visualization of complex data, to further the understanding of multifaceted phenomena. For this purpose, I study the synergies of design methodologies, mathematical methods and philosophical frameworks. I'm also collaborating as a project researcher on the FINNGEN project, exploring new methods to visualise molecular biology and health care data.

My email: nicola.g.cerioli@aalto.fi

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Nicola Cerioli

 

Lauri Rummukainen
...situational awareness, user experience design, user interface design!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group. I aim to further the knowledge of how situational awareness emerges in monitoring situations and what elements are needed in order to achieve situational awareness for people with little technical know-how. Previously, I have co-authored and published and few articles on the subject, but I want to deepen my knowledge with a fresh point of view. I am interested both in the psychological/theoretical side of situational awareness as well as its applicability in concrete user interface design.

My email: lauri.h.rummukainen@aalto.fi

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Lauri Rummukainen

 

Elena Comincioli
...service design, positive emotions, older adults!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group, and a member of SDS in Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva. My research aims at investigating how to improve the way practitioners design digital services targeted at older adults. I am also actively interested in understanding if positive emotions can pose as a pivotal element in the design process.

My email: elena.comincioli@aalto.fi

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Elena Comincioli

 

Dohee Lee
...social design, visual narrative, older adults!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group. I believe in the combination of design narratives and social aspects. My research aims at developing design strategies for social integration and social well-being of the elderly through the power of storytelling. As a critical and playful communication designer, I'm also interested in designing social innovation by multi-method investigation.

My email: dohee.lee@aalto.fi

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Dohee Lee

 

Inkeri Aula
...creativity, healthy ageing, sensory ethnography!

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group, conducting multi-faceted research on Creativity and Healthy Ageing. I am interested in the meaning of imagination and the senses in people’s experiences and narratives of their life, and in the many forms creativity can take in later life. Previously I have researched the sensory relationships young and ageing people have with their daily environments in European cities and how these have been affected by material and digital changes. In my Ph.D in the field of cultural anthropology I analysed communal, ritual and sensory experiences in the Afro-Brazilian dance-fight-art of capoeira with multi-sited ethnography. My versatile research topics include multi-sensory methodologies, ethnography, environmental relationships, relational ontology, cultural and mythical imaginaries, forest beliefs, utopias, sensory atmospheres, and Afro-Brazilian culture. I am also broadly involved in art and research collaborations.

My email: inkeri.aula@aalto.fi

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Inkeri Aula

 

Laureen Mahler
...visual narrative, design thinking, visual design!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group. My doctoral research is funded by the Aalto University Bioinnovation Center as part of the Cellugami spatial origami packaging project. My research focuses on three-dimensional tessellations and their connection to visual narratives, with an emphasis on the Gestalt theory of unseen space. I am a strong believer in the multifaceted role of the designer as visual storyteller, engineer, collaborator, and maker, as well as the ability of design to forge new approaches to sustainability and communication through practical applications.

My email: laureen.mahler@aalto.fi

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Heidi Uppa