I AM AN INTERACTION DESIGN RESEARCHER, DESIGN EDUCATOR, CRAFTY PERSON, AND DOG LOVER AND HANDLER.
I am currently working on my PhD in Interaction Design Research at the School of Interactive Arts + Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, BC, Canada in the Everyday Design Studio under the supervision of Professors Ron Wakkary, Peter-Paul Verbeek (Univ. of Twente, NL), and Carman Neustaedter. My research interests include interaction design, research through design, speculative design, philosophy of technology (specifically technological mediation theory and postphenomenology) and its relation to design research and practice, sustainable interaction design, DIY, practice theory, and human-animal interaction. I’m also a design instructor in Interaction Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
I grew up in Germany and moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2011. I hold a Diplom – which is a German graduate degree comparable with an honours bachelor’s degree – in Information Science & Engineering from Hochschule Darmstadt (h_da) and a M.A. in Design from Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) Schwäbisch Gmünd, a small design school firmly rooted in the era of Bauhaus and especially curricular developments of the Ulm School of Design.
After finishing my master’s degree in 2009, I worked for nearly two years in academic management for the interaction design department at HfG Schwaebisch Gmuend. In addition, I taught several courses at h_da and HfG. Prior to that, I have also worked in research at advertising agencies (Ogilvy & Mather, saatchi & saatchi) and consulting companies (Mayerhoefer & Co).
I’m an animal lover and have a dog and a cat. I love mastering challenges or just have fun with my dogs. I’m enthusiastic about healthy and environmental-friendly living, crafty and hobby things, DIY everything, cooking, I enjoy hiking and camping in and around BC and I love Hawai’i. Occasionally, you can find me competing at dog shows.
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You can e-mail me to shauser [-at-] sfu.ca