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About Me

I’m a cross-disciplinary researcher interested in collaborations that engage with socially complex contexts such as ageing and safety, with a sensemaking skillset that provides a dynamic experiential and constructive dimension to my pratices.

☞ Curriculum Vitae ︎

After moving to Melbourne to train as an industrial designer, I’ve since worked across various industries, from artisan lighting to public placemaking, plastic fabrication, and creative technologies. Finding myself immersed in design research, I’ve undertaken a PhD to explore designers’ practices in collaborating with our ageing communities. Forming out of the experience of developing multisensory initiatives in a regional dementia ward during my industrial design honours, I interrogated existing techno-centric perspectives on later life to realise more empowering ways of inscribing meaning into our devices and services.

Current Work
My research at the RMIT School of Design explores socially engaging technology in later life and its creation by designers and ageing communities, investigating interactive experiences through sensemaking. In building a platform for my design research practice, I’ve also taken on research roles in interdisciplinary projects such as ‘Co-designing participatory strategies With older adults’ (Shaping Connections) and ‘Enabling an ageing workforce’ (Safeness by Design).

Alongside my studies and work, I must confess to a lot of local gravel cycling in my spare time, and also becoming something of a bouldering enthusiast.

I acknowledge the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands I conduct my work. I respectfully acknowledge their Ancestors and Elders, past, present and emerging.

©2022 Jacob Sheahan