Jon Rogers

Chair of Creative Technology, University of Dundee

Professor Jon Rogers holds a personal chair in creative technology at the University of Dundee. His work explores the human intersection between digital technologies and the design of physical of things. He balances playful technologies with citizenship to find new ways to connect people to each other and to their data. Jon Founded the Product Research Studio located in the North East of Scotland in 2009 and is proud to have worked with some of the world’s best organisations, including BBC R&D, Microsoft, Mozilla, NASA, the Met Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. With academic collaborations that include MIT Media Labs in the US and the National Institute of Design in India Jon is excited about how easy the world is to reach and to connect to. Jon has a PhD in neural networks from Imperial College London and built up his knowledge of research at the interface between design and digital technology while being a tutor and researcher at the Royal College of Art. His move to Dundee in 2003 was the start of a new focus of work that is focused on socially relevant and playful physical digital interactions. Outside the studio you might find him at South By South West Festival in the US, in the thick of the London Design Festival in the UK, in the NID HackSpace at the National Institute of Design, or in the café of the Fisheries Museum in his hometown of Anstruther, in Fife.

On building a Lab…

I have a problem. It’s mostly my ego. But that’s another story. I have a problem and it’s this. Absolutely everything I own, like, play with and wonder about has been made by someone famous that I don’t know. My world has pubs, galleries, trains, terraced houses, chip shops, roundabouts, cinemas, double-decker buses, Buffy The