Chris Lim

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Programme Director, Product Design


Chris lectures across product design and interaction design at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. He has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) and holds a BEng (1st Class) in Product Design Engineering and PhD in Design from the University of Glasgow and Glasgow School of Art.

Prior to his PhD, he worked as a design engineer in the offshore and maritime industry. After his PhD, Chris worked as a research lead and designer at design consultancy Nomad-RDC working with various collaborators which includes Vitra, Page\Park and WilkisonEyre. Returning to academia, he was a research fellow at the Digital World Research Centre (University of Surrey), working in a cross-disciplinary project funded by the ESRC New Dynamics of Ageing programme looking at the engagement of older people in the co-design process of developing novel and innovative ICT products. He was involved in the development of Com.Cam, an open source media sharing device funded by EPSRC University of Surrey Knowledge Transfer Account for communities with low textual and computing literacy and limited power and network coverage. During his fellowship, he co-secured £73K from the Nominet Trust to fund the Tailoring Technology project which brought together groups of older people with design experts, experienced product developers and manufacturers to co-design new internet-enabled ICT devices and services.

Chris’s research interests are in the area of design for the aging population, co-design practice and digital fabrication. He is interested in the design of inclusive products that support wellbeing as well as the exploration of the relationship between interface design, product interaction, cognitive ageing and prior generational technological experience. He welcomes discussions and/or research collaborations in these areas and also conversations with individuals who are thinking of pursuing a PhD.

Research projects

BESiDE (Built Environment for Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy)

Co-Investigator in the EPSRC funded project ( led by Professor Vicki Hanson. The project aims to improve the mobility and well-being of older people through better built environment design. His strand in this project involves the exploration of co-designing wearables with care home residents. (Funding amount: £1.3 million)

VIVID (Visually-Impaired access to Visualised Data)

Chris is Joint-PI in SICSA’s (The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance) funded challenge, which seeks to understand the challenges that data visualisations present to people with visual impairment. (Funding amount: £5,000)

3D Printing and Assistive Products

This project in collaboration with social enterprise Home Straight who provides ageing-in-place services explored the technical feasibility of 3D printed personalised home adaptive equipment. Outcomes included a case study for Innovation Portal Dundee and an Exhibition at DJCAD. (Funding amount: £5,000)

 ADHD Behavioural Clinical Data

In this project our work package explored the documentation and visualization process of ADHD clinicians and support workers. This resulted in the redesign of the existing clinical data documentation and is currently undergoing phased trial. An App version is also being explored. This project was in collaboration with Prof David Coghill, Dr Sarah Seth, Ewan Steel and Lilia Gomez. (Funding amount: £10,000)

Research outputs

Refereed Journal Papers

  • Farinosi M., Lim C, and Roll J. 2015. Book or Screen, Pen or keyboard? A cross-cultural sociological analysis of writing and reading habits basing on Germany, Italy and the UK. Telematics and Informatics, vol. 33 (2), 410-421 
  • Frohlich D.M., Lim C.S.C and Ahmed A. 2014. Keep, lose, change: Prompts for the re-design of product concepts in a focus group setting.?Journal of CoDesign, Vol. 10(3), pp.80-95
  • Lim, C.S.C., 2010. Designing inclusive ICT products for older users: taking into account the technology generation effect. Journal of Engineering Design, Vol. 21 (2), pp. 189-206.

Refereed Conference Papers

  • Frohlich, D.M., Lim, C. and Ahmed, A. 2016. Co-designing a diversity of social media products with and for older people. In Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Software Development and Technologies for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion. (DSAI 2016). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 323-330.
  • Valentine, L., Kroll, T., Bruce, F., Lim, C., and Mountain, R. 2016. Design Thinking for Social Innovation in Health care: A Local Perspective, the city of Dundee Scotland. Proceedings of 8th International Social Innovation Research Conference, 5th – 7th September 2016, Glasgow, UK. 172
  • Lim, C.S.C. and Nevay, S. 2016. Crafted with Care: Reflections from co-designing wearable technologies with care home residents. In: Lloyd, P. and Bohemia, E. (eds). Design Research Society: Proceedings of DRS2016: Design + Research + Society – Future-Focused Thinking. Vol 8, pp.3295 - 3311
  • Nevay, S, and Lim, C.S.C. 2015. Co-designing appealing wearables with care home residents, International Ergonomics European Academy of Design 2015, 22-24 April 2015, Paris
  • Nevay, S, and Lim, C.S.C. 2015. The role of co-design in wearable adoption for mobility study, Ergonomics and Human Factors 2015, 13-16 April 2015, UK

Books and Chapters

  • Lim, C.S.C. and Newell A.F. 2016. User-Sensitive Inclusive Design for Technology in Everyday Life. In: Sunkyo, K. (ed). Gerontechnology: Research, Practice and Principles in the Field of Technology and Aging. New York: Springer, 157-179. 
  • Frohlich D.M., Lim C.S.C., Woods S and Ahmed A. 2012. What older people want: A catalogue of co-designed ICT Concepts. Guildford: Digital World Research Centre. ISBN: 978-1-84469-025-1
  • Lim C.S.C. 2012. Looking back, Looking forward: Interface, interactions and reactions from different technology generations. In: Pei, E. and Bhatia, S.(eds.) Design For All. Design for All Institute of India, 7(7)
  • Macdonald A.S., D. Loudon and Lim, C.S.C. 2010. User centric and inclusive design methods: implications for e-healthcare. In: Pease, W., Cooper, M. and Gururajan, R.(eds.) Biomedical Knowledge Management: Infrastructure and Processes for EHealth Systems, IGI Global.
  • Lim, C.S.C. and Macdonald A.S. 2005. A visual inclusive design tool for bridging eras, technologies and generations. In: Rodgers, P., Brodhurst, L. and Hepburn, D. (eds.) Crossing Design Boundaries: Proceedings of the 3rd Engineering & Product Design Education. London: Taylor and Francis, 521-525.