Author: Jacob Buur

Jacob Buur is professor of User-Centred Design at the Mads Clausen Institute for Product Innovation, University of Southern Denmark, and research director of the strategic research centre SPIRE. With 25 employees, SPIRE aims to establish the theoretical foundation for 'Participatory Innovation' - a new approach to user-driven innovation that expands the notion of user and includes business modeling in the user collaboration. SPIRE is cross-disciplinary, uniting researchers from design-antropology, interaction design, interaction analysis, business, innovation management and SPIRE collaborates with the theatre company Dacapo and Danish and international industries. Prior to Jacob's appointment at the university he was manager of the user-centred design group at Danfoss A/S for 10 years. Here he designed user interfaces for a range of professional products, including joysticks for excavators, electronic controllers for heating and refrigeration, valves and frequency converters. Jacob develops methods for studying and involving users in design, and in particular he has pioneered video techniques for bridging user studies and innovation. Jacob graduated with a MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD on mechatronics design.


Publication period start: 1993
Publication period end: 2012
Number of co-authors: 24


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Mads Vedel Jensen
Tom Djajadiningrat
Trond Are Oritsland

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Eva Hornecker
Susanne Bødker
Steve Howard


Oritsland, Trond Are, Buur, Jacob (2003): Interaction Styles: An Aesthetic Sense of Direction in Interface Design. In International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 15 (1) pp. 67-85.

Pedersen, Jesper, Buur, Jacob, Djajadiningrat, Tom (2003): Field Design Sessions: Augmenting Whose Reality?. In International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, 16 (3) pp. 461-476.

Boedker, Susanne, Buur, Jacob (2002): The design collaboratorium: a place for usability design. In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 9 (2) pp. 152-169.

Buur, Jacob, Bagger, Kirsten (1999): Replacing Usability Testing with User Dialogue. In Communications of the ACM, 42 (5) pp. 63-66.

Buur, Jacob, Soendergaard, Astrid (2000): Video card game: an augmented environment for user centred design discussions. In: Designing Augmented Reality Environments 2000 , 2000, . pp. 63-69.

Brereton, Margot, Bidwell, Nicola J., Donovan, Jared, Campbell, Brett, Buur, Jacob (2003): Work at Hand: An Exploration of Gesture in the Context of Work and Everyday Life to Inform. In: Biddle, Robert, Thomas, Bruce H. (eds.) AUIC2003 - User Interfaces 2003 - Fourth Australasian User Interface Conference February, 2003, Adelaide, South Australia. pp. 1-10.

Buur, Jacob, Stienstra, Marcelle A. (2007): Towards Generic Interaction Styles for Product Design. In: Jacko, Julie A. (eds.) HCI International 2007 - 12th International Conference - Part I July 22-27, 2007, Beijing, China. pp. 30-39.

Jensen, Mads Vedel, Buur, Jacob, Djajadiningrat, Tom (2005): Designing the user actions in tangible interaction. In: Bertelsen, Olav W., Bouvin, Niels Olof, Krogh, Peter Gall, Kyng, Morten (eds.) Proceedings of the 4th Decennial Conference on Critical Computing 2005 August 20-24, 2005, Aarhus, Denmark. pp. 9-18.

Moyes, Jackie, Buur, Jacob, Jarrett, Caroline, Ehn, Pelle, Howard, Steve, Brereton, Margot (2005): Book smarts meet street smarts: the best of both worlds. In: Proceedings of OZCHI05, the CHISIG Annual Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2005, . pp. 1.

Iversen, Ole Sejer, Buur, Jacob (2003): User Centred Design through the Keyhole: Video Design Case. In: Proceedings of IFIP INTERACT03: Human-Computer Interaction , 2003, Zurich, Switzerland. pp. 431.

Buur, Jacob, Binder, T. (2001): Video as Design Material - Expanding the Potential of Video in User Centered Design. In: Proceedings of IFIP INTERACT01: Human-Computer Interaction , 2001, Tokyo, Japan. pp. 821-822.

Sitorus, Larisa, Cao, Shan Shan, Buur, Jacob (2007): Tangible user interfaces for configuration practices. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction , 2007, . pp. 223-230.

Black, Alison, Buur, Jacob (1995): GUIs and SUIs: More of the Same or Something Different?. In: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction July 9-14, 1995, Tokyo, Japan. pp. 187-192.

Hansen, Claus S., Buur, Jacob (1993): Rapid Prototyping for User Interface Design Needs Rational Planning. In: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Poster Sessions: Abridged Proceedings , 1993, . pp. 17.

Buur, Jacob, Jensen, Mads Vedel, Djajadiningrat, Tom (2004): Hands-only scenarios and video action walls: novel methods for tangible user interaction d. In: Proceedings of DIS04: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2004, . pp. 185-192.

Djajadiningrat, Tom, Buur, Jacob (2002): Look mama, with hands!: on tangible interaction, gestures and learning. In: Proceedings of DIS02: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2002, . pp. 417.

Buur, Jacob, Binder, Thomas, Oritsland, Trond Are (2000): Reflecting on Design Practice: Exploring Video Documentary of Designers in Action. In: Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2000, . pp. 450-451.

Buur, Jacob, Boedker, Susanne (2000): From Usability Lab to \"Design Collaboratorium\": Reframing Usability Practice. In: Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2000, . pp. 297-307.

Oritsland, Trond Are, Buur, Jacob (2000): Taking the Best from a Company History -- Designing with Interaction Styles. In: Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2000, . pp. 27-38.

Oritsland, Trond Are, Buur, Jacob (2000): Interaction styles: An Aesthetic Sense of Direction in Interface Design. In: Proceedings of the First Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2000, .

Hornecker, Eva, Buur, Jacob (2006): Getting a grip on tangible interaction: a framework on physical space and social interacti. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2006 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2006, . pp. 437-446.

Buur, Jacob (2012): Participatory design of business models. In: Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference. Volume 2 Exploratory Papers, Workshop Descriptions, Industry Cases , 2012, . pp. 147-148.