Chris Hand

Chris Hand

Professional Teaching Fellow (Design)

Qualifications: BSc (Hons), MA (RCA), PGCHE

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About Chris

Chris teaches on the Design programmes at NZUWI in Hangzhou, China.

He is an interaction designer and academic with over 25 years experience in the Higher Education sector in the UK, China, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Australia. He specialises in teaching workshops and hack-labs, particularly introducing "just enough technology" to creative people of all disciplines so they can incorporate it into their own practice.

As well as working with studios such as Dunne & Raby, Superflux, and Intel’s People and Practices Research Lab, Chris has served as visiting tutor at the University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Art (London), Edinburgh College of Art, National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad, India), University of Split (Croatia), and as a visiting researcher at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design in Denmark.

Chris holds an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art (London), Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education from Nottingham Trent University, and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Manchester.

Papers Taught

Research Interests

Sketching in Hardware and Software; Makerspaces and cultures; Hacking, Tinkering and Prototyping; Technology-Enhanced Learning.

Selected Publications

Ray Murray, P. and Hand, C. (2015) "Making Culture: Locating the Digital Humanities in India". Visible Language. Special issue on Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities. 49(3):140-155.

Hand, C., Jain, A., Britton, T., Burnett, G., Collett, C., Chen, D., Sharma, S., Tims, C. and Young, L. (2010) "The Power of 8: Encouraging Collaborative DIY Futures". In Negotiating Futures - Design Fiction, Proceedings of the 6th Swiss Design Network Conference, Basel, Switzerland, 28- 30 October. pp194-205.

Jain, A. and Hand, C. (2010) "The Power of 8". in T. Britton (ed), Hand Made: Portraits of Emergent New Community Culture. UK: Social Spaces. pp178-185.

Hand, C., Mitrović, I. and Smyth, M. (2010) "Finding Common Ground: Interdisciplinary Workshops for Interaction Design Education". Borderline - Cumulus Conference, Media & Design Academy, Genk, Belgium, 26-29 May.

See more publications at ResearchGate.