UCLIC Research Seminar Series

SEMINAR 28th Oct: Robb Mitchell – Design Patterns for Social Icebreaking
Robb Mitchell, University of Southern Denmark


SEMINAR 28th Oct: Robb Mitchell – Design Patterns for Social Icebreaking


Bored? Lonely ? Have you ever…

  • struggled for an excuse to approach someone?
  • found it difficult to make eye contact?
  • recoiled from interpersonal touch (whilst secretly yearning it)?
  • felt that your actions were ignored? Or found it too easy to ignore other people?
  • had the sensation that everyone was on a different level to you?
  • felt socially inhibited whilst being observed?
  • avoided open ended encounters for fear of getting stuck for e v e r?
  • or had any other difficulties in initiating or sustaining co-located social encounters?
  • or perhaps you have "a friend" in this position? Or these issues overlap with some of your research challenges?
    Then come along to participate in a bouncy romp reviewing what interaction
    design may offer to address these difficulties (discretion assured).


Robb Mitchell is assistant professor, social interaction design at the University of Southern Denmark, following a PhD there entitled "Facilitating Shared Understandings of Risk". A graduate of Environmental Art at Glasgow School of Art, his research and practice draws upon a diverse background that includes community development, market research, music promotion, cultural management, science communication and new media curating. This has ranged from bright lights, big city stuff with Ministry of Sound and Franz Ferdinand to activities with children and the elderly on the remote Scottish island of Orkney. A common thread running through most of his work has been developing novel artifacts, environments, and processes that bring people closer together ­ whether creatively, socially and professionally. In particular, addressing the barriers that may prevent or reduce interaction, exchange and collaboration between remote locations, different disciplines, different abilities, levels of expertise and/or levels of familiarity.