Jacob Buur

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: 2012
Number of co-authors: 24


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Margot Brereton
Trond Are Oritsland
Tom Djajadiningrat

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. https://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327590IJHC1603_5

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. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/513665.513670

Buur, Jacob, Bagger, Kirsten (1999): Replacing Usability Testing with User Dialogue. In Communications of the ACM, 42 (5) pp. 63-66. https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/301353.301417

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. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1124772.1124838

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, .

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. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/347642/p27-oritsland/p27-oritsland.pdf

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. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/347642/p297-buur/p297-buur.pdf

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. https://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/347642/p450-buur/p450-buur.pdf

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. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/778712.778779

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. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1013115.1013141

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.

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.

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. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1226969.1227015

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.

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.

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. https://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1108368.1108421

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. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1094562.1094565

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-73105-4_4

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. https://crpit.com/confpapers/CRPITV18Brereton.pdf

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. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/354666.354673

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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2348144.2348193