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Professor William Gaver

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PositionProfessor of Design, Co-Director of the Interaction Research Studio, Co-Programme Leader MPhil/PhD
Department Design
Email w.gaver (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7078 5188
Professor William Gaver

Bill Gaver is Professor of Design and co-director of the Interaction Research Studio at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research on design-led methodologies and innovative technologies for everyday life led him to develop an internationally recognised studio bringing the skills of designers together with expertise in ubiquitous computing and sociology.

With the Studio, he has developed approaches to design ranging from Cultural Probes to the use of documentary film to help assess people’s experience with designs, and pursued conceptual work on topics such as ambiguity, interpretation and design-led research. These innovations have been driven by the design work that is at the heart of the Studio’s work, which centres around the production of highly-finished prototypes that have been deployed for long-term field trials and exhibited internationally at venues such as the V&A Museum, Tate Britain, and New York’s MOMA. He has published over 70 articles (h-index of 44) and is an elected member of the CHI Academy.

Publications

Design

The Light Collector
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Hauenstein, Mark; Bowers, John; Pennington, Sarah and Boehner, Kirsten. 2011. The Light Collector.

The Wind Tunnel
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Hauenstein, Mark; Bowers, John; Pennington, Sarah and Boehner, Kirsten. 2011. The Wind Tunnel.

The Temperature Tape
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Hauenstein, Mark; Bowers, John; Pennington, Sarah and Boehner, Kirsten. 2011. The Temperature Tape.

The Photostroller
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Cameron, David; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie; Phillips, Robert and Wilkie, Alex. 2011. The Photostroller.

The Photostroller (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie; Cameron, David; Wilkie, Alex and Phillips, Robert. 2010. The Photostroller (Overview).

The Prayer Companion
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine and Kerridge, Tobie. 2010. The Prayer Companion.

The Prayer Companion (Overview)
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Kerridge, Tobie and Wilkie, Alex. 2010. The Prayer Companion (Overview).

Local Barometer (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Beaver, Jacob; Humble, Jan; Kerridge, Tobie; Villar, Nicholas and Wilkie, Alex. 2008. Local Barometer (Overview).

The Plane Tracker (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Beaver, Jacob; Humble, Jan; Kerridge, Tobie; Villar, Nicholas and Wilkie, Alex. 2008. The Plane Tracker (Overview).

Plane Tracker
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Wilkie, Alex. 2007. Plane Tracker.

The Video Window (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Law, Andy and Bowers, John. 2006. The Video Window (Overview).

The History Tablecloth (Overview)
Boucher, Andy; Gaver, William; Law, Andy; Bowers, John; Pennington, Sarah and Walker, Brendan. 2004. The History Tablecloth (Overview).

The Drift Table (Overview)
Boucher, Andy; Gaver, William; Pennington, Sarah; Walker, Brendan and Bowers, John. 2003. The Drift Table (Overview).

The Key Table (Overview)
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Walker, Brendan. 2003. The Key Table (Overview).

Show/Exhibition

Experimental Thinking / Design Practices
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2015. Experimental Thinking / Design Practices. In: "Experimental Thinking / Design Practices", Griffith University Art Gallery, Australia.

Feral Experimental
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Ovalle, Liliana; Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew; Wilkie, Alex and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2014. Feral Experimental. In: "Feral Experimental", UNSW Galleries, Sydney, Australia.

Drift Table
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Walker, Brendan; Bowers, John and Law, Andy. 2009. Drift Table. In: "Drift Table at Cultures of Change", Arts Santa Monica, Spain, 10 December - 28 February 2010.

The Plane Tracker
Boucher, Andy; Gaver, William; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Jarvis, Nadine. 2008. The Plane Tracker. In: "Nowhere/Now/Here", LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, 09 October 2008 - 20 April 2009.

The Plane Tracker
Boucher, Andy; Gaver, William; Bowers, John; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Jarvis, Nadine. 2007. The Plane Tracker. In: "Wired NestFest 2007", Los Angeles Convention Center, United States, September 14 -16 2007.

The Curious Home
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Jarvis, Nadine; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah; Wilkie, Alex and Kerridge, Tobie. 2007. The Curious Home. In: "The Curious Home", Pacific Playhouse, London, United Kingdom, 29 June to 15 July 2007.

The Drift Table
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William and Pennington, Sarah. 2005. The Drift Table. In: "Extra Ordinary", Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden, 27 August - 16 October 2005.

The History Tablecloth
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Walker, Brendan. 2005. The History Tablecloth. In: "Touch Me", Victoria & Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom, 16 June - 29 August 2005.

The Drift Table
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Gaver, William; Pennington, Sarah and Walker, Brendan. 2005. The Drift Table. In: "A Picture of Britain", Tate Britain, London, United Kingdom, 15 June–4 September 2005.

Book

Datacatcher
Boucher, Andy; Cameron, David; Gaver, William and Pennington, Sarah, eds. 2015. Datacatcher. Goldsmiths, University of London. ISBN 978-1-906897-35-2

Conference or Workshop Item

Energy Babble: embodiment of a research device
Ovalle, Liliana and Gaver, William. 2016. 'Energy Babble: embodiment of a research device'. In: Object Outcomes: Attending to Objects as Outcomes of Design Research. CHI 2016, United States.

Age and experience: ludic engagement in a residential care setting
Blythe, Mark; Wright, Peter; Bowers, John; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Reynolds, Phil and Gaver, William. 2010. 'Age and experience: ludic engagement in a residential care setting'. In: DIS 2010. Aarhus, Denmark 18-20 August 2010.

The prayer companion : openness and specificity, materiality and spirituality
Gaver, William; Blythe, Mark; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Bowers, John and Wright, Peter. 2010. 'The prayer companion : openness and specificity, materiality and spirituality'. In: 28th international conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI'10). Atlanta, Georgia, United Kingdom 10 - 15 Apr 2010.

Anatomy of a failure: how we knew when our design went wrong, and what we learned from it
Gaver, William; Bowers, John; Kerridge, Tobie; Boucher, Andy and Jarvis, Nadine. 2009. 'Anatomy of a failure: how we knew when our design went wrong, and what we learned from it'. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Boston, MA, United States April 04 - 09, 2009.

Form and Movement in Domestic Networked Systems
Kerridge, Tobie; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy and Gaver, William. 2007. 'Form and Movement in Domestic Networked Systems'. In: UNSPECIFIED. School of Design at Northumbria University, United Kingdom December 12th and 13th 2007.

The History Tablecloth: Illuminating Domestic Activity
Gaver, William; Bowers, John; Boucher, Andy; Law, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Villar, Nicholas. 2006. 'The History Tablecloth: Illuminating Domestic Activity'. In: DIS 2006. State College, Pennsylvania, United States.

The drift table: designing for ludic engagement
Gaver, William; Bowers, John; Boucher, Andy; Gellerson, Hans; Pennington, Sarah; Schmidt, Albrecht; Steed, Anthony; Villar, Nicholas and Walker, Brendan. 2004. 'The drift table: designing for ludic engagement'. In: CHI 2004: Connect. Vienna, Austria.

Evaluating the Double-Deck Desk
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy and Martin, Heather. 2003. 'Evaluating the Double-Deck Desk'. In: UNSPECIFIED. Crete, Greece June 22-27.

Ambiguity as a resource for design
Gaver, William; Beaver, Jacob and Benford, Steve. 2003. 'Ambiguity as a resource for design'. In: ACM Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction (CHI 2003). Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States 5-10 April 2003.

Feather, Scent, and Shaker: Supporting Simple Intimacy
Strong, Rob and Gaver, William. 1996. 'Feather, Scent, and Shaker: Supporting Simple Intimacy'. In: CSCW '96. Boston, United States.

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave: Metaphor and Mapping in Graphical Interfaces
Gaver, William. 1995. 'Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave: Metaphor and Mapping in Graphical Interfaces'. In: CHI '95. Denver, Colorado, United States.

A Virtual Window On Media Space
Gaver, William; Smets, Gerda and Overbeeke, Kees. 1995. 'A Virtual Window On Media Space'. In: CHI '95. Denver, Colorado, United States.

Form-Giving: Expressing the Nonobvious
Smets, Gerda; Overbeeke, Kees and Gaver, William. 1994. 'Form-Giving: Expressing the Nonobvious'. In: CHI '94. Boston, United States.

ENO: Synthesizing Structured Sound Spaces
Beaudouin-Lafon, Michel and Gaver, William. 1994. 'ENO: Synthesizing Structured Sound Spaces'. In: UIST '94. Marina del Rey, United States.

Synthesizing auditory icons
Gaver, William. 1993. 'Synthesizing auditory icons'. In: CHI '93. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

One is not Enough: Multiple Views in a Media Space
Gaver, William; Sellen, Abigail; Heath, Christian and Luff, Paul. 1993. 'One is not Enough: Multiple Views in a Media Space'. In: CHI '93. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The affordances of media spaces for collaboration
Gaver, William. 1992. 'The affordances of media spaces for collaboration'. In: CSCW '92. Toronto, Canada.

Realizing a video environment: EuroPARC's RAVE system
Gaver, William; Moran, Thomas; Maclean, Allan; Lövstrand, Lennart; Dourish, Paul; Carter, Kathleen and Buxton, William. 1992. 'Realizing a video environment: EuroPARC's RAVE system'. In: CHI '92. Monterey, United States.

Technology Affordances
Gaver, William. 1991. 'Technology Affordances'. In: CHI '91. New Orleans, United States.

Sound Support For Collaboration
Gaver, William. 1991. 'Sound Support For Collaboration'. In: European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work ECSCW ’91. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Effective sounds in complex systems: the ARKOLA simulation
Gaver, William; Smith, Randall and O'Shea, Tim. 1991. 'Effective sounds in complex systems: the ARKOLA simulation'. In: CHI '91. New Orleans, United States.

Article

Annotated Portfolios
Gaver, William and Bowers, John. 2012. Annotated Portfolios. Interactions, 19(4), pp. 40-49.

Creative Assemblages: Organisation and Outputs of Practice-Led Research
Wilkie, Alex; Gaver, William; Hemment, Drew and Giannachi, Gabriella. 2010. Creative Assemblages: Organisation and Outputs of Practice-Led Research. Leonardo, 43(1), pp. 98-99. ISSN 0024-094X

Home Beyond Home: Dwelling With Threshold Devices
Michael, Mike and Gaver, William. 2009. Home Beyond Home: Dwelling With Threshold Devices. Space and Culture, 12(3), pp. 359-370.

Cultural commentators: Non-native interpretations as resources for polyphonic assessment.
Gaver, William. 2007. Cultural commentators: Non-native interpretations as resources for polyphonic assessment. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 65(4), pp. 292-305. ISSN 10715819

Electronic furniture for the Curious Home: Assessing ludic designs in the field
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John and Law, A.. 2007. Electronic furniture for the Curious Home: Assessing ludic designs in the field. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 22(1-2), pp. 119-152. ISSN 10447318

Developing the Drift Table
Boucher, Andy and Gaver, William. 2006. Developing the Drift Table. interactions: new visions of human-computer interaction, 13(1), pp. 24-27.

Cultural probes and the value of uncertainty
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Pennington, Sarah and Walker, Brendan. 2004. Cultural probes and the value of uncertainty. Interactions - Funology, 11(5), pp. 53-56. ISSN 1072-5520

AFFORDANCES FOR INTERACTION: THE SOCIAL IS MATERIAL FOR DESIGN
Gaver, William. 1996. AFFORDANCES FOR INTERACTION: THE SOCIAL IS MATERIAL FOR DESIGN. Ecological Psychology, 8(2), pp. 111-129. ISSN 1040-7413

What in the world do we hear? An ecological approach to auditory source perception.
Gaver, William. 1993. What in the world do we hear? An ecological approach to auditory source perception. ECOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 5(1), pp. 1-29. ISSN 1040-7413

How Do We Hear in the World?: Explorations in Ecological Acoustics
Gaver, William. 1993. How Do We Hear in the World?: Explorations in Ecological Acoustics. ECOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 5(4), pp. 285-313. ISSN 1040-7413

The SonicFinder, An Interface That Uses Auditory Icons
Gaver, William. 1989. The SonicFinder, An Interface That Uses Auditory Icons. Human-Computer Interaction, 4(2), pp. 67-94. ISSN 0737-0024

Auditory Icons: Using Sound in Computer Interfaces
Gaver, William. 1986. Auditory Icons: Using Sound in Computer Interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction, 2(2), pp. 167-177. ISSN 0737-0024

Book Section

The Datacatcher: Batch Deployment and Documentation of 130 Location-Aware, Mobile Devices That Put Sociopolitically-Relevant Big Data in People's Hands: Polyphonic Interpretation at Scale
Gaver, William; Boucher, Andy; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Hauenstein, Mark; Pennington, Sarah; Bowers, John; Pike, James and Beitra, Robin. 2016. The Datacatcher: Batch Deployment and Documentation of 130 Location-Aware, Mobile Devices That Put Sociopolitically-Relevant Big Data in People's Hands: Polyphonic Interpretation at Scale. In: , ed. CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. NY, USA: ACM New York, pp. 1597-1607. ISBN 978-1-4503-3362-7

Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Community Groups
Gaver, William; Michael, Mike; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex; Boucher, Andy; Ovalle, Liliana and Plummer-Fernandez, Matthew. 2015. Energy Babble: Mixing Environmentally-Oriented Internet Content to Engage Community Groups. In: , ed. CHI '15 Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York, NY, USA: ACM, pp. 1115-1124. ISBN 978-1-4503-3145-6

Indoor Weather Stations: Investigating a Ludic Approach to Environmental HCI Through Batch Prototyping
Gaver, William; Bowers, John; Boucher, Andy; Cameron, David; Hauenstein, Mark; Jarvis, Nadine and Pennington, Sarah. 2013. Indoor Weather Stations: Investigating a Ludic Approach to Environmental HCI Through Batch Prototyping. In: , ed. CHI '13 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York, NY: ACM, pp. 3451-3460. ISBN 978-1-4503-1899-0

Probes
Boehner, Kirsten; Gaver, William and Boucher, Andy. 2012. Probes. In: Celia Lury and Nina Wakeford, eds. In Inventive Methods: the Happening of the Social. London: Routledge Press, pp. 185-201. ISBN 0415574811

What Should We Expect From Research Through Design?
Gaver, William. 2012. What Should We Expect From Research Through Design? In: , ed. CHI '12 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York, NY: ACM, pp. 937-946. ISBN 978-1-4503-1015-4

Making Spaces: how design workbooks work
Gaver, William. 2011. Making Spaces: how design workbooks work. In: , ed. Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '11. New York, NY: ACM, pp. 1551-1560. ISBN 978-1-4503-0228-9

The photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world
Gaver, William; Wright, Peter; Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Blythe, Mark; Jarvis, Nadine; Cameron, David; Kerridge, Tobie; Wilkie, Alex and Phillips, Robert. 2011. The photostroller: supporting diverse care home residents in engaging with the world. In: , ed. Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '11. New York, NY: ACM, pp. 1757-2222. ISBN 978-1-4503-0228-9

The Video Window: My Life with a Ludic System
Gaver, William. 2009. The Video Window: My Life with a Ludic System. In: Steve Harrison, ed. Media Space 20 + Years of Mediated Life. London: Springer-Verlag, pp. 269-279. ISBN 978-1-84882-482-9

Printed Ephemera

Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice
Boucher, Andy; Bowers, John; Cameron, David; Jarvis, Nadine; Gabrys, Jennifer; Gaver, William; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike and Wilkie, Alex. 2010. Sustainability, Invention and Energy Demand Reduction: Co-designing Communities and Practice.

Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out
Wilkie, Alex; Kerridge, Tobie; Michael, Mike; Gaver, William; Wakeford, Nina and Jungnickel, Kat. 2010. Making and Opening: Entangling Design and Social Science - conference delegate hand-out.