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Gilbert Cockton


With degrees in History, Education and Computer Science and a NESTA fellowship in Design, Gilbert had a good grounding for almost four decades of interdisciplinary work in HCI and Interaction Design. He has mostly worked in university computing and design (Heriot-Watt, Glasgow, Sunderland, Northumbria, visiting posts at Newcastle, Glasgow, UCLAN and TU/e), with periods in industry (MARI R&D, Microsoft), extensive consultancy work and a period of flexible work including childcare.

Gilbert’s research interests lie at the intersection of research into, for and through Interaction Design, co-developing and assessing novel design approaches and resources, especially in support of worth foci, user research, narratives, learning spaces and integrated evaluation practices. His Balanced, Integrated and Generous (BIG) paradigm for design seeks to combine the strengths of creative, engineering and human-centred design in ways that neutralise their individual weaknesses.

He is now drawing his pension and typing up loose ends on PhD students, writing and ACM Interactions magazine. He drops into Co-Create a few times each month.





------- Gilbert's publications:


El-Qirem, F.A. and Cockton, G., Arabic Cultural variables’ roles in Human Computer Interaction to appear in CHI 2019 Workshop With an Eye to the Future: HCI Practice and Research in the Arab World.



Cockton, G. 2018. Balanced Interaction Design. Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Paper C02, 4 pages. DOI:



Cockton, G. 2018. Way Back to a Design Future: Aristotle’s Intellectual Excellences and their Implications for Designing, in Critical Theory and Interaction Design. Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, and Mark Blythe (eds.). MIT Press, 287-309.



Cockton, G. 2019. Balancing Interaction Design. to appear in CHI 2019 Extended Abstracts, ACM



Gilbert Cockton, Jofish Kaye, Kristina Höök, Annika Waern, Eleanor Wynn and Julie Williamson, Moving Towards a Journal-centric Publication Model for CHI: Possible Paths, Opportunities and Risks to appear in CHI 2019 Extended Abstracts, ACM.



El-Qirem, F.A. and Cockton, G. Designing Culturally Appropriate Responses to Culturally Influenced Computer Usage Behaviors, Advances in Cross-Cultural Decision Making: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Cross-Cultural Decision Making, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, vol 610. Springer, 227-235.



El-Qirem, F.A. and Cockton, G. Developing a Diamond Model for Arab countries. in Proceedings of CHI 2018 Workshop on Exploring Participatory Design Methods to Engage with Arab Communities, eds. Ebtisam Alabdulqader, Shaimaa Lazem, Mohamed Khamis, and Susan Dray, 35-40, available at



Cockton, G. New Process, New Vocabulary: Axiofact = A_tefact + Memoranda, CHI ’17 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’17). ACM, 747-757.



Cockton, G. 2017. Creative Worthwhile Interaction Design. In Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1192-1195


Cockton, G. A Worth-Focused Creative Design Lens on Values in Computing, CHI 2017 Workshop on Values in Computing,


Cockton, G. 2017. Engineering is worth it, but only when rational ideals accept reflective realities. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems (EICS ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1-1.

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