I am a sociologist and interaction designer, providing a unique perspective by combining social sciences, design and technology, with 15+ years of experience creating strategies, concepts and interfaces for specific projects or technology at large (I am happy to send you a link to my interactive portfolio on request).
The distinct feature of my approach is a constructively critical perspective, questions of humanity, privacy, value and values, on how technology integrates with human lives in the big picture. I challenge mainstream practices by holistically investigating their consequences and pointing out truly human-centred alternatives, and promote a holistic consideration of usability and accessibility – not just limiting it to UI questions but building it deep into the core of a concept.
The topics that inspire me the most in my work are non-use of technology – looking at design not only as user-centered but also considering the broader social impact and how it affects those not using it – as well as privacy-aware design – the consideration of personal freedom and privacy at the core of strategies, business models and design solutions – and the question of digital literacy: what are the skills everybody needs to be able to understand the deeper impact of using technology on their lives.
My professional profile is the sum of four specific fields, combined to deliver on the promise of the Critical Interaction Design approach:
Having worked as a designer in agencies for several years as well as running my own consultancy for 5+ years, my approach equally considers human and strategic elements: what is a worthwhile solution, how can it be reached, and how to get all stakeholders on board.
- Concept and information architecture for B2B/B2C sites (5k€-100k€ budgets)
- Methodological contributions to user participation processes and service development
- Strategic involvement in long-term multi-stakeholder projects
I enjoy classical curriculum-based instructing, but my true passion lies in collaborative, workshop-style formats, where I act as a facilitator of the learning process rather than a lecturer. Many of my courses taught have involved real-world client projects.
- Strategic interaction design course
- Co-design courses (co-design in health IT, strategic co-design)
- Usability training for communications professionals
- Blogging education to journalist students since 2001
To me, scientific research is at the same time an important source for fresh thinking that often reaches practitioners with too large a delay, and a creative outlet for my highly analytic thinking and observations.
- Use of social science methods for design insight
- Normative values influencing use/non-use choices
- Research on non-use in HCI
The ability to instantly evaluate technical feasibility and create a quick prototype is a core part of my comprehensive expertise and critical perspective on technology. This website is the best example: an ever-evolving sandbox for prototyping the future of the web.
- 20 years of hands-on frontend experience
- Development of WordPress themes/plugins
- Indieweb advocate (“decentralized social web” paradigm)
- Ongoing independent explorations on privacy-aware design patterns
- Numerous projects in UI and UX design roles
Since 2010, I have been working as an independent professional, generating and promoting approaches for the benefit of my clients. I also spent some time as a full-time researcher in between.
Before going self-employed, I worked four years for two Finnish digital agencies as an interaction designer and as a senior designer in an insight and strategy team. Earlier, extending more than a decade into the past, I have been working for various employers as web designer, translator, IT trainer, technical writer, teaching assistant and IT assistant.
Master of Arts (New Media)
Aalto University, Media Lab Helsinki, 2011
Master of Social Sciences (Sociology)
University of Tampere, 2003
Vordiplom Soziologie (equiv. Bachelor of Soc.Sc.)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 2000
For a full CV and references, please contact me with a brief introduction: email@example.com
Reducing social distance through co-design
Greger, S., Hatami, Z. (2013). Reducing social distance through co-design. In: Keinonen, T., Vaajakallio, K., Honkonen, J. (eds.) Designing for wellbeing. Aalto University Publication Series, Art+Design+Architecture 5/2013, Helsinki, Finland.
The Absent Peer – Non-users in Social Interaction Design
Greger, S. (2010). The Absent Peer – Non-users in Social Interaction Design (Master’s thesis). Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.
Logout is not an option. Normative and rational aspects of availability in the mobile phone society.
Greger, S. (2003). Logout is not an option. Normative and rational aspects of availablility in the mobile phone society (Master’s thesis). University of Tampere, Finland.
I am always on the lookout for projects that allow me to empower people for a critical engagement with technology or where I can put my strategic, scientific and creative potential to use for putting digital technology into the service of people and society.
You can best reach me by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org