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Prof Mark Blythe


Department: Northumbria School of Design

Mark is a design ethnographer working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His research is concerned with the digital revolution we are stumbling and tumbling through and how this changes the ways we live, work, make art and grow old. He likes to write about himself in the third person, like Caesar.  Here is his website.





  • Computing Science PhD June 30 1997
  • Information not provided Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) 2003

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Critical Theory and Interaction Design, Bardzell, J., Bardzell, S., Blythe, M. Dec 2018
  • From Evaluation to Crits and Conversation, Blythe, M., Hook, J., Briggs, J. Jul 2018, Funology 2, Cham, Springer
  • Funology 2, Blythe, M., Monk, A. Jul 2018
  • Making Problems in Design Research, Encinas, E., Blythe, M., Lawson, S., Vines, J., Wallace, J., Briggs, P. 21 Apr 2018, CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI'18), New York, ACM
  • Negotiating sameness and difference in geographies of older age, Oliver, C., Blythe, M., Roe, J. 2 Nov 2018, In: Area
  • Research Fiction and Thought Experiments in Design, Blythe, M., Encinas, E. 30 May 2018, In: Foundations and Trends in Human-Computer Interaction
  • Counter-Discourse Activism on Social Media: The Case of Challenging "Poverty Porn" Television, Feltwell, T., Vines, J., Salt, K., Blythe, M., Kirman, B., Barnett, J. 16 May 2017, In: Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)
  • Research Fiction, Blythe, M. 2 May 2017
  • Undisciplined disciples: everything you always wanted to know about ethnomethodology but were afraid to ask Yoda, Blackwell, A., Blythe, M., Kaye, J. Jun 2017, In: Personal and Ubiquitous Computing
  • Anti-Solutionist Strategies: Seriously Silly Design Fiction, Blythe, M., Andersen, K., Clarke, R., Wright, P. 7 May 2016

PGR Supervision

  • Cally Gatehouse The Speculative Gaze: Design-Research as Diffraction Start: 01/04/2014
  • Aysar Ghassan Designerly Ways of Speaking: Investigating How the Design Tribe of Researchers Speak on Design Thinking Start: 14/11/2011
  • Enrique Encinas The Offject. A Design Theory of Fiction Start: 01/10/2015
  • Elizabeth Buie Exploring Techno-Spirituality: Design Strategies for Transcendent User Experience Start: 19/10/2012


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