Who we are!

Members

[Masood Masoodian] [Leah Burns] [Elena Comincioli] [Dohee Lee] [Ilan Manouach] [Tania Rodriguez-Kaarto] [Heidi Uppa] [Rupesh Vyas] [Chao Yang].

MA Students

[Mikko Airikka] [Lukasz Geratowski] [Jonatan Hildén] [Xinran Wang] [Samar Zureik].

Visitors

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

Past Memebers and Students

[Oskari Kallio] [Laura Koivunen] [Sunwha Park].


 

Masood Masoodian
...visualization, interactive media, 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.

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

 

Leah Burns
...storytelling, well-being, older adults!

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group. I have over 20 years of experience using art and design processes to explore social justice issues. Working with communities to address topics that are important to them, I use collaborative storytelling methods to set research agendas; to investigate and analyse information; and to devise and disseminate solutions. I am interested in the potential of these methods for improving age equity and design for aging populations. Currently I am working with older adults using stories to examine how perceptions of aging shape their relationships and experiences of well-being as well as the design of health services, products and policies that target them.

My email: leah.burns@aalto.fi

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Leah Burns

 

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

 

Rupesh Vyas
...information design, interaction design, user interface design!

I have two decades of experience as an educator, researcher and design practitioner. I have contributed significantly to a variety of major projects with national importance in India, including the 2011 census, rollout of the Multipurpose National Identity Card, and national level visual standards for Drivers's Licence. I am the World Regional Representative of International Institute of Information Design (IIID) in India.

My email: rupesh.vyas@aalto.fi

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Rupesh Vyas

 

Chao Yang
...brand image, poster design, visual arts!

I am a doctoral candidate in the Aalto Visual Communication Design group, and an Associate Professor at Zhejiang University of Media and Communications. I am an experienced designer in brand image, poster and graphics design, and won more than 100 prizes in international and Chinese design competitions, including the Germany Red Dot Concept Design Award, Italy A’ Design Award and Competition Gold Award, Los Angeles the International Design Awards (IDA) Gold and Silver Prizes. I also Judge for some Design Competitions.

My email: chao.yang@aalto.fi
My links: Personal website

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Chao Yang