Core Faculty

Peter Coppin

Peter Coppin

Dr. Peter Coppin, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design, is a designer, visual artist, and cognitive scientist. His work seeks to improve information access through a better understanding of how individuals make use of their diverse perceptual-motor capabilities to interact with interfaces and other designed artifacts (such as diagrams in problem solving or sonic interfaces to financial charts and graphs).

Dr. Coppin’s work is informed by his career journey, which cuts across engineering, design, and the visual arts. Dr. Coppin has authored numerous articles that focus on the perceptual-cognitive aspects of information interfaces with applications in diverse areas such as diagrammatic reasoning, research on dyslexia, learning technology, telescience, human-robot interaction, and data analytics. His work with government agencies and industry has included numerous projects related to the visualization of complex Earth and planetary datasets for NASA. Recent work tackles the challenge of accessible data analytics: Interfaces that enable low vision or blind individuals to access charts and graphs without visual perception.

Dr. Coppin’s work has been funded by multiple NASA programs, the US National Science Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, the R.K. Mellon Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, the Laurel Foundation, the Center for Innovation in Data-Driven Design, the Ontario Ministry of Training and Colleges, MITACS, and NCE GRAND. Dr. Coppin’s work in electronic media art-design has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the SIGGRAPH Touchware Exhibition (Orlando, Florida, USA), MIR: Art & Space (Bolzono Italy), and the Adler Museum (Chicago, Illinois, USA).

Jules Goss

Jules Goss

Julian Goss is an associate professor in the Industrial Design program at OCAD University. Since 2011 he has also worked at the Innovation Technology and Design (ITD) Lab at Baycrest, becoming the first designer-in-residence at a Canadian hospital.

Goss’ design career began in the UK, where he worked under Ron Arad at the One Off studios in London. On his return to Glasgow, he taught integrated product design at Glasgow College of Building & Printing and Glasgow Caledonian University, while also working as product design project manager at Primal Design. He later started a design practice in Toronto, working with clients such as Whirlpool, Bell Canada, the Toronto Pan and Para Pan Am Games Committee, the Centre for eHealth Innovation, and Cancer Care Ontario.

As a design educator and consultant with a specialty in healthcare, his emphasis has been on the user-focused development, integration and evaluation of new technologies, as well as system and service design. He is particularly interested in the intersection of design ‘thinking’ and strategy in healthcare organizations, and is currently working on defining and integrating design-informed organizational models for the development and delivery of optimal client experience in the contexts of brain health and long-term care.

Bruce Hinds

Bruce Hinds

Bruce Hinds, Chair of Environmental Design is a practicing architect and educator. His architectural practice is focused on socially sustainable communities in the developing world. Together with the Canada Africa Community Health Alliance (CACHA) he has undertaken projects in the Moshi-Arusha Region of Tanzania working with the Non Government Organization (NGO) -Mkuki and Kilema Hospital addressing needs of children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS.

As an educator, Bruce has been instrumental in introducing the Think Tank series of courses and Biomimcry into the design curriculum. His research interest has focused on using Biomimicry as an innovation tool in the design process. This has been instrumental in establishing OCADU as a Center of Bio-Inspired Design together with Arizona State University (ASU) and Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA). He has consulted with industry partners including Autodesk and Herman Miller in the areas of “Sensing in the Built Environment: Creating Building Awareness” and the “Prevention and Treatment of Pressure Ulcers in Bed Ridden Patients”.

Together with Environmental Engineer, Jamie Miller he presented at the recent Urban Ecologies 2015 Conference addressing the issue of “Adaptive Capacity, Ecological Resilience and Controlled Collapse” as mechanisms operative in moving cities beyond simply a state of sustainability. Bruce is currently working on establishing a research collaboration bridging Biology, Engineering and Design.

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Design, has worked in the design field for over 30 years, specializing in typographical practice and acting as a consultant to designers, architects, publishers, and organizations such as Bruce Mau Design, the Getty Research Institute and Zone Books. He has given presentations and workshops for the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, to the Design Thinkers Education Forum, as well as to communication design firms, in-house architectural design teams. Mr Hunt presented at at the Typecon typography conference on “Typography: a matter of life and death” in 2014, a look at the potential of current typographic technologies to optimize legibility in high-stakes medical situations. In the same year he was a panel member with Erik Spiekermann at the Design Thinkers Conference on the future of typography.

Mr Hunt has taught typography in the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program, and graphic design and information design at Humber College. He currently teaches the history of writing systems and typography, typeface design, and the undergraduate final year major project at OCAD University. His practice focuses on typography for architectural applications and communication design. His research interests include the functionality of typography in health contexts, an area in which he has been involved with the University Health Network and the Safefont project at OCAD University, and issues of legibility and readability in traditional and new media in both single user and environmental contexts.

Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Peter Jones has led the design and user research of interactive resources for clinical, educational and scientific practice throughout the Internet era. He teaches and advises in human-centred service design for clinical work, health IT and workflow, with an interest in transforming health practice from a whole person care perspective. Peter has over 10 years’ experience with major providers in ethnographic research and full-lifecycle design of point of care informatics and learning resources for physicians, nurses and specialists. Peter’s research interests include:

  • Scientific and clinical knowledge media design for informing practice, patients, and complex care problems
  • Soft services design, a systemic approach to designing for community and social health contexts
  • Clinical education innovation and multi-perspective health pedagogies
  • Point of care and diagnostic communications and decision making
  • Organizational and institutional change with systemic design and dialogic methodologies.

Dr. Jones’ research adapts applied cognitive and social methodologies to these contexts, analyzing workflow as distributed cognitive work, information practices as activity systems, and decision making as a contextual sensemaking. Peter explores ways to adapt these methods to the changing needs of healthcare and community health, in the design of information, product/service systems, and organizational practices. Peter’s book Design for Care (Rosenfeld, 2013) develops many of these methods and cases related to the spectrum of healthcare services (www.designforcare.com).

Peter Jones Research

 

Gayle Nicoll

Gayle Nicoll

Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Dean of the Faculty of Design, is an architect and internationally recognized environmental researcher and advocate for the design of healthy environments. Her research focuses on how the relationship between environment, human behaviour and design/business practices can promote health and improve performance of health environments.

Dr. Nicoll’s work on professional design practice and policy implementation strategies for affecting change blends the use of professional training, communications and policy development. Dr. Nicoll is a co-author of two books that focus on promoting physical activity that promotes health through environmental design. Active Design Guidelines (ADG), an evidence-based guide to urban and building design with over 20,000 copies distributed in 80 countries has been recognized with multiple awards. She has co-authored a second book on Active Design examining increasing opportunities for child-oriented physical activity in family-focused affordable housing and addressing challenges to implementing change in developer practices.

Her work with public serving organizations including several projects related to increasing physical activity within building environments for the City of New York including research and technical consultation for the development of a LEED Innovation Credit for Active Design, a USGBC initiative to create an Active Design Health Index for the LEED program, and research and technical consultation to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention mentorship program aimed at transferring knowledge about evidence-based and best practice initiatives to combat obesity amongst municipalities sponsored by the Community Putting Prevention to Work US Federal program.

Gayle Nicoll Research

 

Job Rutgers

Job Rutgers

Job is the principal investigator of the Ambient Experience Lab and a full professor at OCAD University. Ambient Experience Design aims to make spaces and places more meaningful experiences for people. Projects starts with a deep understanding of people’s social, emotional and cultural needs. Based on these insights the lab designs ambient, multi sensorial experiences that incorporate digital technologies (lighting, image, sound, scent and connectivity) and architectural solutions. Recent research collaborations in the domain of healthcare include; Mt. Sinai Hospital, developing integrated design strategies to improve the waiting experience. Princess Margaret Hospital’s Palliative Care centers, aiming to improve the sensory experience of patients, care givers and staff.

Job has been a research fellow at the i-Think program, which is part of the Rotman Business School, developing and delivering integrative thinking programs aimed to improve K12 education. He was also a design strategy consultant at Rotman's DesignWorks group. As part of DesignWorks, Job has developed business design projects in Asia and North America, with the aim to help businesses and educational institutes unlock their capacity to create, deliver and sustain value.

Prior to his tenure at OCADU, Job was a Strategic Design Consultant at Philips Electronics. At Philips, he worked in design research, e-design and strategic design. Job developed the award-winning Ambient Experience Design service and has implemented ambient experience concepts in hospitals, the hospitality industry and public spaces around the world. He has lectured and presented many of these projects in Japan, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany and the United Kingdom.

 

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres is an industrial designer, educator and researcher utilizing an interdisciplinary, human centered approach to the design and making of furniture, products, retail interiors and fashion.

In 2004 Angelika launched eeaa design, a design studio in London UK. Eeaa explores the intersection of daily routines, human body and space by developing products, furniture, retail interiors, and large-scale sculptures for internationally renowned clients such as Haworth Roeder, Nike, Herman Miller, Hayon Studio, and British artist Damien Hirst.

Angelika’s research project called BESPOKE, that she is currently undertaking at OCAD U’s Data Materialization Lab is investigating tools and methods to create customized products for anthropometric fit and biomechanical needs. This research explores customized approaches for the design of eyewear and every day products for people with arthritis using 3D printing, mass and local manufacturing techniques and anthropometric data sets. She recently launched a range of customizable eyewear with Toronto based start up Guild eyewear.

With BESPOKE processes and tools, individuals that face barriers in using everyday objects – including seniors and individuals with arthritis – will enjoy technologies and products that fit with their abilities and provide therapeutic benefits at the same time. The goal is to enable or re-enable these users to continue their everyday lives, fulfill tasks in a energy efficient and self sustained manner, potentially resulting in functional gains, reducing or avoiding increased care costs. BESPOKE will rely on the development of co-design tools to ensure that the products fit a range of factors specific to the end user.

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres Research

 

Kate Sellen

Kate Sellen

Kate Sellen is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design working on interaction design and innovation in healthcare. She leads the Healthcare and Resilient Experience Research Group and the Envision Health group at OCAD U.

Kate spent her early career as an interaction designer leading design research, digital strategy, and interaction design in projects for the UK government, banks and brokerages, and US based healthcare groups. She now works on bringing an interdisciplinary approach to healthcare challenges by combining design thinking and design practice with theories and knowledge from information systems, human factors, and health related disciplines. Much of her work focuses on design for patient safety in safety critical and high sensitivity care processes, including high risk drug orders in pediatric anesthesia, dosage calculations in chemotherapy, communication of decline at end of life, and the issuing and delivery of blood units for surgery.

Kate’s PhD work focuses on understanding clinician' adoption and adaptation behaviors with new healthcare technology by studying the emergence of errors and interaction patterns. She advocates for a human centred interdisciplinary design approach to health innovation, most recently contributing to two edited volumes published by Morgan Claypool, Fieldwork and Healthcare Guidance (Vol 1), and Case studies (Vol 2), designed to support interdisciplinary engagement in research and design to solve challenges in healthcare. Kate also holds a Masters from Georgia Institute of Technology in Digital Media, and an MRes (interdisciplinary research) from University College London.

 

Stephen Tulk

Stephen Tulk

Dr. Stephen Tulk is a practicing family physician and a medical illustrator.

His clinical practice is in a Community Health Centre designed to serve high needs patients, including new Canadians, refugees and non-insured patients, and people with barriers to accessing healthcare due to mental health, poverty or housing difficulties. He works as a team member with a social worker, nurse practitioner, dietician, chiropodist and diabetes educators.

He has worked as a medical illustrator for medical publications and for the pharmaceutical industry. Related to this work he has served as an editor for a professional journal and a medical website, and as an advisor the pharmaceutical industry.

He currently is Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Liberal Art & Sciences, teaching Human Anatomy as a science credit, and an Instructor in the Faculty of Art, teaching Anatomy for Artists as a studio credit. At OCADU he has served as an advisor to students doing research and thesis work related to medical issues.