Professor Graham Pullin
Design and Making, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
+44 (0)1382 386531
Graham Pullin is a designer and author of the monograph Design Meets Disability (The MIT Press, 2009; Japanese edition O'Reilly Japan, 2022). He is a Professor of Design and Disability at DJCAD where he co-founded Studio Ordinary which brings together disabled and non-disabled researchers across critical disability studies and design.
Together with disabled mentors, they are exploring alternative futures for augmented communication on the Wellcome Trust collaboration Imagining Technologies for Disability Futures. This builds on a mid-career PhD entitled 17 ways to say yes. Previous projects include the EPSRC-funded Hands of X, which became an exhibition at V&A Dundee, and a senior fellowship with The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute starting new conversations between healthcare, disability and culture.
Graham teaches interaction design, product design and other programmes, and studio projects including the Museum of Lost Interactions, Atelier Copper and Objects for Grandpeople. His students' work features in the film Inclusive, by Microsoft, and the influence on Microsoft's own inclusive design programme is just one example in an impact case study submitted for REF 2021.
Previously, Graham was a studio head at the design consultancy IDEO, leading multidisciplinary teams on projects as diverse as commercial Vodafone Simply phones for people in their 50s, concept hearing–enabling furniture for the HearWear exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, and the critical design project Social Mobiles that was exhibited in Tokyo, Ars Electronica and MoMA.
A team of researchers from the University of Dundee have received funding to develop a wheelchair-friendly lab coat, and they’re looking for lab users to get involved in the project.
Impact case study
Challenging conventional approaches to disability through inclusive design practices and human-centred research.
Studio Ordinary is a meeting of design research and disability studies, of creative and critical thinking.