Stefan Holmlid

Author: Stefan Holmlid

PhD, Assistant professor/lecturer in interaction and service design

My research take as its starting point the power of the designer and design thinking. Currently my research projects make a deep dive into the realms of services, especially concerning the expressive powers of design methods and techniques in service development and service innovation.
The idea that design objects and design materials can be both dynamic, active and that the design is co-created "in use", drive my research of relevant theroetical grounding for design, inspire my design research on materials, and challenges the way we understand how to prototype design objects for user involvement.
The road to these projects has led through a critical stance towards the insitutionalized arena of user-centered design, through projects on the role of learning for usability, and the importance of interaction design and usability in business development and IT-procurement processes, over a dedication in developing and maintaining high quality design courses for a wide range of programmes at the university.
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Publication period start: 2012
Number of co-authors: 20


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Fabian Segelstrom
Johan Blomkvist
Mattias Arvola

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Ann Lantz
Shelley Evenson
Mattias Arvola


Holmlid, Stefan, Bjorklind, Andreas (2003). Ambient intelligence to go: AmIGo White Paper on mobile intelligent ambience. Santa Anna IT Research Instiute

Holmlid, Stefan (1998): Futurism and retrospect: User strategies to learning opportunities in cases of surprise or. In Human IT, 2 (3) pp. 115-130.

Holmlid, Stefan, Arvola, Mattias, Ampler, Fredrik (2000): Genres and Design Considerations of iTV Cases. In: Proceedings of the First Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2000, .

Arvola, Mattias, Holmlid, Stefan (2000): IT-artefacts for socializing: Qualities-in-use and research framework. In: Svensson, Lars, Snis, Ulrika, Soerensen, Carsten, Fägerlind, Hannah, Lindroth, Tomas, Magnusson, Maria, Östlund, Christian (eds.) Proceedings of the 23rd Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia, IRIS 23 Doing IT together August 12–15, 2000, Lingatan, Sweden.

Holmlid, Stefan, Arvola, Mattias (2007): Developing a Thematic Design Curriculum as a Bologna Master. In: Bohemia, Erik, Hilton, Kevin, McMahon, Chris, Clarke, Anna (eds.) Shaping the Future? Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education September 13-14, 2007, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. pp. 63-68.

Holmlid, Stefan, Montaño, Carmen Flores, Johansson, Karin (2006): Gender and design: Issues in design processes. In: Women in information technology , 2006, University of Salford.

Holmlid, Stefan (2004): Issues for cooperative design: A procurement perspective. In: 2004 Participatory Design Conference , 2004, .

Wentzel, Jonatan, Holmlid, Stefan (2009): Speed sketching with designers: User inspired brainstorming. In: Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces, DPPI , 2009, Compiegne, France.

Holmlid, Stefan (2008): Towards an understanding of the challenges for design management and service design. In: Design Management Insitute Conference , 2008, Paris, France.

Holmlid, Stefan, Lantz, Ann, Artman, Henrik (2008): Design management of interaction design. In: Conference on Art of Management , 2008, Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Holmlid, Stefan (2006): Interaction design and design management: Challenges for industrial interaction design in . In: Design Research Society International Conference, Wonderground , 2006, Lisbon, Portugal.

Holmlid, Stefan, Hertz, Annika (2007): Service-scape and white space: White space as structuring principle in service design. In: European Academy of Design conference, Dancing with disorder Design, discourse and disaster , 2007, Izmir, Turkey.

Holmlid, Stefan, Evenson, Shelley (2007): Prototyping and enacting services: Lessons learned from human-centered methods. In: Quality in Services, QUIS 10 , 2007, Orlando, FL, USA.

Holmlid, Stefan, Arvola, Mattias (2007): Developing a thematic design curricula as a Bologna master. In: International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education September 13-14, 2007, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Holmlid, Stefan (2007): Interaction design and service design: Expanding a comparison of design disciplines. In: Nordes 2007 , 2007, Stockholm, Sweden.

Arnell, Olof, Gonzàlez, Natalia, Mårtensson, Ingrid, Wreiner, Thomas, Holmlid, Stefan, Segelstrom, Fabian (2009): Designing for a car park operator. In: Nordic Conference on Service Design 2009 , 2009, Oslo.

Blomkvist, Johan, Holmlid, Stefan (2009): Examples in Service Design: Tools for Communication and Setting for Stories. In: Nordic Conference on Service Design , 2009, Oslo.

Holmlid, Stefan (2009): Participative, co-operative, emancipatory: From participatory design to service design. In: Nordic Conference on Service Design , 2009, Oslo.

Segelstrom, Fabian, Holmlid, Stefan, Alm, Bjorn (2009): Back to the Roots: A Case for a New Ideal for Ethnographic Research for Design. In: IASDR 2009, Rigor and Relevance in Design , 2009, Seoul, Korea.

Arvola, Mattias, Lundberg, Jonas, Holmlid, Stefan (2010): Analysis of precedent designs: competitive analysis meets genre analysis. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2010, . pp. 23-31.

Blomkvist, Johan, Holmlid, Stefan, Sandberg, Fredrik, Westerlund, Bo (2012): Workshop: exploring participatory prototyping of services. In: Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference. Volume 2 Exploratory Papers, Workshop Descriptions, Industry Cases , 2012, . pp. 151-152.