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Professor Jon Rogers

Professor Jon Rogers

Digital Futures UK/MX

Jon's work explores the human intersection between digital technologies and the design of physical of things. After some searching for a fitting self-description Jon is happy to be called a "creative technologist", a title which just about encompasses his highly innovative work.

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Kixl: A prototype turning sports tweets into light, developed by Jon and Martin Skelly at Uniform

Professor Jon Rogers holds a personal chair in creative technology at the University of Dundee. He balances playful technologies with citizenship to find new ways to connect people to each other and to their data. He was a vital contributor to our Digital Futures UKMX project.

Jon Founded the Product Research Studio located in the North East of Scotland in 2009 and is proud to have worked with some prestigous organisations, including BBC R&D, Microsoft, Mozilla, NASA, the Met Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and academic collaborations that include MIT Media Labs in the US and the National Institute of Design in India. 

Within the academy, Jon is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a member of the editorial board for the journal Ubiquity, the documentation chair for the conference Research Through Design. He has also held a number of external examining roles (Glasgow School of Art, Goldsmiths, Loughborough University and Plymouth University). Beyond the academy he is an advisor to the Unbox Festival in India, is the Head of Hack for the Unlimited Space Agency, and provides research consultancy to the design agency Uniform.

Jon has a PhD in neural networks from Imperial College London and built up his knowledge of research at the interface between design and digital technology while being a tutor and researcher at the Royal College of Art. His move to Dundee in 2003 was the start of a new focus of work that is focussed on socially relevant and playful physical digital interactions.  Outside the studio you might find him at South By South West Festival in the US, in the thick of the London Design Festival in the UK, in the NID HackSpace at the National Institute of Design India, or in the café of the Fisheries Museum in his hometown of Anstruther, in Fife.