Abigail Durrant

Abigail Durrant

I’m an Associate Professor at Northumbria University, School of Design, predominantly working in the field of Human-computer Interaction (HCI).

Abigail Durrant

I have a longstanding curiosity in the design-led study of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from social and cultural perspectives. This is grounded in my interdisciplinary career spanning the arts, humanities and social sciences.  I previously worked at Open Lab, Newcastle University (formally the Digital Interaction group at Culture Lab), and, before that, at the University of Nottingham.

 

Graduating with a Fine Art degree from Newcastle in 2000, I have worked as a professional artist with gallery representation and ran an interaction design consultancy.  Following postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Art (RCA) and the University of Surrey (Microsoft Research European PhD Scholarship Programme), I hold specialist applied skills in computer-related design and a deep knowledge of critical and experience-centred approaches to HCI research. 

 

My professional experience extends across industry, academia and the public sector. In a commercial design research context, I have drawn upon my expertise in ethnography, film making, conceptual design and visual communication to deliver understandings, strategic directions and possible futures for technology innovation in Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Telecommunications and Government.

 

My academic research has focussed on the development of digital photography and social media, specifically to support the expression of identity in different contexts and domains, and by different communities and cultures.  My approach is creative, practice-based and interdisciplinary, using design to understand and communicate ideas and experiences. I’m a passionate advocate of dissemination platforms supporting ‘research through design’.

 

Alongside my Leverhulme Fellowship (ECF-2012-642) I have significant demonstrators of impact in terms of funding, publications, and services to academic communities. I have recently completed the EPSRC Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL) project (EP/L00383X/1) as Principal Investigator at Newcastle, and was previously Researcher Co-Investigator on EPSRC 'Scaling the Rural Enterprise' (EP/J000604/1). More recently I was Co-Investigator on a project internally funded by Newcastle Institute of Creative Arts Practice (NICAP). I was General Chair for the new Research through Design (RTD) 2015 Conference and am a Steering Committee member for the biennial RTD Conference series. I currently supervise two PhD students.

 

I work part time and have taken two periods of Maternity Leave in recent years, between July 2015 and April 2016, and June 2012 to February 2013.  And it has been worth it to have my two occasionally entertaining children.

 

Selected Publications

Durrant, A. C., Kirk, D. S., Trujillo Pisanty, D., Moncur, W., Orzech, K., Schofield, T., Elsden, C., Chatting, D., Monk, A. (Forthcoming) 'Transitions in Digital Personhood: Online Activity in Early Retirement'. To appear in Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017).

Elsden, C., Chatting, D., Durrant, A. C., Nissen, B., Garbett, A., Vines, J., Kirk, D.S. (Forthcoming) 'On Speculative Enactments'. To appear in Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017).

Chatting, D., Kirk, D. S., Durrant, A. C., Elsden, C., Yurman, P., Bichard, J. (Forthcoming) 'Making Ritual Artefacts: The mobile phone as a networked material for research products'. To appear in Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017).

Durrant, A., Kirk, D. S., Wallace, J., Bowen, S., Reeves, S., Ljungblad, S. (Forthcoming) 'Problems in Practice: Understanding Design Research by Critiquing Cases'. To appear in Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017).

Elsden, C., Durrant, A., O'Kane, A., Marshall, P., Fleck, R., Rooksby, J., Lupton, D. (Forthcoming) 'Quantified Data & Human Relationships'. To appear in Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017).

Bowen, S., Durrant, A., Nissen, B., Bowers, J. & Wright, P. (2016) ‘The Value of Designers’ Creative Practice within Complex Collaborations’. Design Studies, 46, 174-198

Orzech, K. M., Moncur, W., Durrant, A., Trujillo-Pisanty, D. (2016) Opportunities and challenges of the digital lifespan: views of service providers and citizens in the UK. Information, Communication & Society, pp. 1-16, DOI: 0.1080/1369118X.2016.1257043

Elsden, C., Selby, M., Durrant, A., Kirk, D.S. 'Fitter, happier, more productive: what to ask of a data-driven life?' Interactions, 23 (5), pp. 45-45

Durrant, A. C., Trujillo Pisanty, D., Kirk, D.S., Moncur, W., Orzech, K. (2016) On presenting a rich picture for stakeholder dialogue.  In: P. Lloyd & E. Bohemia, eds., Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society - Future-Focused Thinking, Volume 6, pp. 2183-2202, DOI: 10.21606/drs.2016.169

Kirk, D.S., Durrant, A.C., Leong, T., Wood, G., Wright, P.C. 'Understanding the Sociality of Experience in Mobile Music Listening with Pocketsong'. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM Press, New York, 50-61

Elsden, C., Durrant, A. C. Kirk, D. (2016) 'It's Just my History, Isn't It?: Understanding Smart Journaling Practices'. Proc. of ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2016, ACM, 2819-2831

Durrant, A., Vines, J., Wallace, J., Yee, J. (2015) 'Developing a Dialogical Platform for Disseminating Research through Design'. Constructivist Foundations 11(1)

Durrant, A. C., Trujillo Pisanty, D., Moncur, W., Orzech, K. Charting the Digital Lifespan: A Picture Book. Newcastle University ISBN 978-0-7017-0250-2

Elsden, C., Kirk, D., Durrant, A. (2015) 'A Quantified Past: Towards Design for Remembering with Personal Informatics'. Human-Computer Interaction.  DOI:10.1080/07370024.2015.1093422

Wallace, J., Yee, J., Durrant, A. (Eds.) (2015) 'Visual/Textual: documenting the realities of research through design practice'. Studies in Material Thinking, Volume 13

Rowland, D., Durrant, A., Clarke, R. (2015) Interactions GalleryProceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference, 309-309

Chen, S., Bowers, J., Durrant, A. (2015) 'Ambient walk': a mobile application for mindful walking with sonification of biophysical data. Proceedings of the 2015 British HCI Conference, 315-315

Kazakos, K, Kirk, D., Durrant, A., Chatting D., Yurman, P. Bichard, J., Paik, J. (2015) 'Design-Led Inquiry for Mobile Lives'. Proceedings of ACM Conference of Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15), 2393-2396

Collomosse, J., James, S., Durrant, A., Trujillo-Pisanty, D., Moncur, W., Orzech, K. M., Martindale, S., Chantler, M. (2014) 'Enhancing Digital Literacy by Multi-modal Data Mining of the Digital Lifespan'. In Proceedings of the Digital Economy All Hands Conference (DE2014)

Durrant, A., Hook, J., McNaney, R., Williams, K., Smith, T., Stockman, T., Olivier, P. (2014) 'Interpersonal expression in the special educational needs classroom: An experience-centred design study'. In International Journal of Child Computer Interaction DOI: 10.1016/j.ijcci.2014.06.002

Trujillo-Pisanty, D., Durrant, A., Martindale, S., James, S., Collomosse, J. (2014) ‘Admixed Portrait: Reflections on Being Online as a New Parent’. In Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’14), ACM Press, 503-512

Hook, J., Verbaan, S., Durrant, A., Wright, P., Olivier, P. (2014) ‘A Study of the Challenges Related to DIY Assistive Technology in the Context of Children with Disabilities’. In Proc. of DIS ’14, ACM Press, 597-606

Durrant, A., Kirk, D. & Reeves, S. (2014) ‘Human Values in Curating a Human Rights Media Archive’. In Proceedings of CHI ’14, ACM Press, 2685-2694. Awarded Best Paper (+ top ranking paper that year)

Wallace, J., Yee, J. & Durrant, A. (2014) ‘Reflections on a Synergistic Format for Disseminating Research Through Design’. In Proc. of CHI EA ’14, ACM Press, 781-792

Martindale, S. & Durrant, A. (2013) ‘Design Fictions: Future Technology in Diegetic Worlds’. In Proc. of Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design (RTD’13), Northumbria University press ISBN 978-0-9549587-9-4

McNaney, R., Balaam, M., Marshall, K., Durrant, A., Read, J., Good, J., Robertson, J., Abowd, G. (2013) ‘Designing for and with children with special needs in multiple settings’. Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC’13), ACM Press, 603-605

Durrant, A., Hook, J., McNaney, R., Williams, K., Smith, T., Kipling, M., Stockman, T. Olivier, O. (2013) ‘Design to Support Interpersonal Communication in the Special Educational Needs Classroom’. In Proc. of Interaction Design for Children (IDC) 2013. ACM Press, 46-55 Awarded Best Paper

Wessels, B., Anderson, B., Durrant, A., Ellis, J. (2012) ‘Mediating genocide: Cultural understanding through digital and print media stories in global communication. International Journal of Media and Cultural Politics 8 (2-3). Intellect Press, 2-3

Anstead, E., Durrant, A., Benford, S., Kirk, D. (2012) ‘Tabletop games for photo consumption at theme parks’. In Proc. of 2012 ACM Conference on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS’12). ACM Press, 61-70

Odom, W., Banks, R., Durrant, A., Kirk, D. Slow Technology: Critical Reflection and Future Directions. In Proc. of 2012 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS ‘12). ACM Press, 816-817

Merritt, S., Durrant, A., Reeves, S., & Kirk, D. (2012) ‘In Dialogue: Methodological Insights on Doing HCI Research in Rwanda. In Proc. of CHI’ 12. ACM Press, 661-676. Received Honorary Mention

Durrant, A., Kirk, D., Benford, S., and Rodden, T. (2012) ‘Pursuing Leisure: Reflections on Theme Park Visiting’. Computer-Supported Collaborative Work: Journal of Collaborative Computing, 21 (1), 43-79

Durrant, A., Golembewski, M., Kirk, D., Benford, S. (2011) ‘Exploring a Digital Economy Design Space in Theme Parks’. In Proc. 2nd International Conference on Creativity & Innovation in Design (DESIRE’11). ACM Press, 273-284

Durrant, A., Frohlich, D., Sellen, A., Uzzell, D. (2011) ‘The Secret Lives of Teens: Online and Offline Photographic Displays at Home’. Visual Studies 26 (2), 113-124

Durrant, A., Rowland, D., Kirk, D., Benford, S., Fischer, J., Mcauley, D. (2011) ‘Automics: Souvenir Generating Photoware for Theme Parks’.  In Proc. of CHI’11. ACM Press, 1767-1776. Awarded Best Paper (top 1% of submissions)

Dingwall, R., Goulden, M., Reeves, S., Durrant, A. (2011) Envisioning the Digital Economy. In Proc. of Digital Economy All Hands Meeting – Digital Engagement, Newcastle.

Kirk, D. S., Durrant, A., Reeves, S. (2011) Rwanda: Memorialisation in the Digital Economy. In Proc. of Digital Economy All Hands Meeting – Digital Engagement, Newcastle.

Flintham, M., Reeves, S., Durrant, A., (2011) Creating an Outside Broadcast of a Marathon. In Proc. of Digital Economy All Hands Meeting – Digital Engagement, Newcastle.

Durrant, A. (2011) Family Portrayals: Design to Support Intergenerational  Relationships in the Family Home. University of Surrey.

Rowland, D., Durrant, A., Kirk, D., Benford, S. & Mcauley, D. (2010) ‘Automics: Assisted Mobile Authoring of Photostories as Souvenirs of A Day in the Park’. In Proc. of Digital Economy All Hands Meeting – Digital Futures, Nottingham

Kirk, D., Reeves, S. & Durrant, A. (2010) 'Spomenik: Augmenting Memorials in the Woods'. In Proc. of Digital Economy All Hands Meeting – Digital Futures, Nottingham

Durrant, A., Frohlich, D., Sellen, A. & Lyons, E. (2009) ‘Home Curation versus Teen Photography: Photo Displays in the Family Home’. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 67 (12), 1005-1023

Durrant, A., Taylor, A.S., Frohlich, D., Sellen, A., Uzzell, D. (2009) ‘Photo Displays and Intergenerational Relationships in the Family Home. In Proc. of Human Computer Interaction (HCI ’09). ACM Press, 10-19. Archival Highlight Award

Durrant, A., Taylor, A.S., Taylor, S., Molloy, M., Sellen, A., Frohlich, D., Gosset, P., Swan L. (2008) ‘Speculative Devices for Photo Display’. In Proc. of CHI 2008. ACM Press, 2297-2302

Lindley, S.E., Durrant, A., Kirk, D. & Taylor, A.S. (2008) ‘Collocated Social Practices Surrounding Photos’. Proc. of CHI 2008. ACM Press, 3921-3924

Taylor, A.S., Swan, L. & Durrant, A. (2007) ‘Designing Family Photo Displays’. Proc. of European Conference of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (ECSCW ’07). Springer Publications, 79-88

Durrant, A. (2007) ‘Designing Photographic Experiences to Support Autobiographical Memory’. In Proceedings of Creativity & Cognition (C&C ’07). ACM Press, 281

Peters, M., Haynes, S., Saab, D., Mentis, H., Durrant, A. (2007) ‘Exploring Design as a Research Activity’. In Proc. of CHI’07, Ext. Abstracts. ACM Press, 2861-2864

In Proc. of Digital Economy All Hands Meeting – Digital Engagement, Newcastle.