Dr Haider Akmal
Lecturer

Dr Haider Akmal

  • PhD Design, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • MA Design Management, Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Bachelors of Fine Arts (Printmaking), National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan
Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

Haider Ali Akmal is a speculative design researcher, future-focused service designer, and practicing printmaker at UNSW Art, Design, & Architecture, specialising in playful speculative approaches towards design solutions imagined through innovative and unconventional applications of technology. His research in design discusses the need for playfulness in design practice through post-anthropocentric visions of human computer interaction. Originally from Pakistan he is an alumnus of the National College of Arts, Lahore, as well as of Lancaster University, UK. Affiliated with both the Cowas Jee Print Studio in Pakistan and the Imagination Lab in Lancaster, Haider co-operates the Inkster Printmaking Studio in Lahore. His work has been exhibited internationally with prints in collections in the China Print Museum, Singapore, London, and across Pakistan.

 

Location
Office G105, G Block, Paddington Campus
  • Books | 2019
    Lindley J; Coulton P; Akmal H; Hay D; Kleek MV; Cannizzaro S; Binns R, 2019, The Little Book of Philosophy for the Internet of Things, Coulton C, (ed.), Lancaster University, Lancaster, https://petras-iot.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Little_Book_of_Philosophy.pdf
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Pilling, F; Akmal, HA; Lindley, J; Coulton P, 2022, 'Making a Smart City Legible', in Machine Learning and the City, Wiley, pp. 453 - 465, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781119815075.ch33
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Pilling F; Akmal HA; Lindley J; Gradinar A; Coulton P, 2022, 'Making AI Infused Products and Services more Legible', Leonardo, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/leon_a_02302
    Journal articles | 2021
    Akmal H; Coulton P, 2021, 'More-than-Human Game Design: Playing in the Internet of Things', Acta Ludologica, vol. 4, pp. 72 - 92, https://actaludologica.com/more-than-human-game-design-playing-in-the-internet-of-things/
    Journal articles | 2021
    Pilling F; Lindley J; Akmal HA; Coulton P, 2021, 'Design (non) fiction: Deconstructing/ reconstructing the definitional dualism of AI', International Journal of Film and Media Arts, vol. 6, pp. 6 - 32, http://dx.doi.org/10.24140/IJFMA.V6.N1.01
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lindley J; Akmal HA; Coulton P, 2020, 'Design Research and Object-Oriented Ontology', Open Philosophy, vol. 3, pp. 11 - 41, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2020-0002
  • Conference Papers | 2021
    Paananen V; Markkanen P; Oppenlaender J; Lee LH; Akmal H; Schieck AFG; Dunham J; Papangelis K; Lalone N; Van Berkel N; Goncalves J; Hosio S, 2021, '2VT: Visions, Technologies, and Visions of Technologies for Understanding Human Scale Spaces', in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3411763.3441315
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Pilling F; Akmal H; Gradinar A; Lindley J; Coulton P, 2021, 'Legible AI by Design: Design Research to Frame, Design, Empirically Test and Evaluate AI Iconography', in Botta M; Junginger S (ed.), Swiss Design Network Symposium 2021 Conference Proceedings, Swiss Design Network, Online, pp. 548 - 565, presented at Design as Common Good / Framing Design through Pluralism and Social Values, Online, 25 March 2021 - 26 March 2021, https://drive.switch.ch/index.php/s/92PEcA3qKVoXEDD
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Pilling F; Akmal HA; Gradinar A; Lindley J; Coulton P, 2021, 'Using Game Engines to Design Digital Workshops for AI Legibility', in Blucher Design Proceedings, Editora Blucher, presented at 14th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, Safe Harbours for Design Research, 12 October 2021 - 15 October 2021, http://dx.doi.org/10.5151/ead2021-115
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Akmal H; Coulton P, 2020, 'The divination of things by things', in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3381823
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Akmal HA; Coulton P, 2020, 'A Tarot of Things: a supernatural approach to designing for IoT', in DRS2020: Synergy, Design Research Society, presented at Design Research Society Conference 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.21606/drs.2020.188
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Lindley J; Akmal HA; Pillling F; Coulton P, 2020, 'Researching AI Legibility through Design', in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3313831.3376792
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Lindley JG; Coulton P; Akmal HA; Pilling FL, 2020, 'Signs of the Time: Making AI Legible', in DRS2020: Synergy, Design Research Society, presented at Design Research Society Conference 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.21606/drs.2020.237
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Pillling F; Akmal H; Coulton P; Lindley J, 2020, 'The process of gaining an AI legibility Mark', in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3334480.3381820
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Akmal H; Coulton P, 2019, 'Research Through Board Game Design', in Proceedings of RtD 2019: Method & Critique, Delft, Netherlands, pp. 1 - 16, presented at RtD 2019: Method & Critique, Delft, Netherlands, 19 March 2019 - 22 March 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7855808.v1
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Akmal H; Coulton P, 2019, 'The internet of Things game: Illuminating data interactions within the Internet of Things', in IET Conference Publications, http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/cp.2019.0156
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Akmal H, 2018, Among Others, River in an ocean, Lahore, Pakistan, 20 March 2018 - 31 March 2018, medium: Etchings, at: https://www.academia.edu/36893749/River_in_an_ocean_-_exhibition_catalogue
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Akmal H, 2018, Bibles full of broken things, Focus On: Pakistani Contemporary Art, London Art Fair, London, UK, 17 January 2018 - 21 January 2018, medium: Digital Gicleé Print on Hahnemühle
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Akmal HA; Coulton P, 2018, 'Using Heterotopias to Characterise Interactions in Physical/Digital Spaces', in DRS2018: Catalyst, Design Research Society, presented at Design Research Society Conference 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.21606/drs.2018.348
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Lindley J; Coulton P; Akmal HA, 2018, 'Turning Philosophy with a Speculative Lathe: object-oriented ontology, carpentry, and design fiction', in DRS2018: Catalyst, Design Research Society, presented at Design Research Society Conference 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.21606/drs.2018.327
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Akmal H, 2017, Meethi Sawari, Before, there was a Monsoon, Gandhara Art Space, Karachi, 19 October 2017 - 07 November 2017, medium: Etchings, at: https://gandhara-art.com/exb.php
    Curatorial Outputs | 2017
    Akmal H; Ehsan Z, 2017, This tiny garden that we tend, exhibited at: Taseer Art Gallery, Lahore, 08 May 2017 - 14 May 2017
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Coulton P; Lindley J; Akmal HA, 2016, 'Design Fiction: Does the search for plausibility lead to deception?', in DRS2016: Future-Focused Thinking, Design Research Society, presented at Design Research Society Conference 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.21606/drs.2016.148

  • National Heritage Lottery Foundation UK funded research for the Remembering Resistance Project, 2019
  • ESPRC UK Funded PhD Fellowship in Internet of Things Research, 2017

Often indulging with current and future pervasive technologies such as the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence, a large part of Haider's work explores playful approaches towards understanding and solving design problems in a More-than Human Centred view of design and technology. Overlapping with practices of philosophy, ludic design, and speculative design Haider's research interest lies in the use of ambiguity and play within design.

Affiliated with the Creative Robotics Lab and the Interactive Media Lab at UNSW, his research explores post-human perspectives/implications of design and their future applications of technology. As a visual artist his works focus on the relationship one has with their past(s), working primarily in the graphic medium where his visuals act as trinkets of entangled moments gathered for their powers of attraction. In their own way as both a designer and artist his work observes the entanglement of human interaction through lenses of fermented experience.

My Research Supervision

  • Syna Chen (PhD), Co-performance in fashion through post-human perspectives

My Teaching

Courses taught/teaching

  • SDES9311, Introduction to Interaction Design (Tutor)
  • SDES9312, Human-Centred Design Methods (Tutor)
  • SDES9214, Design Studio Project 2 (Tutor)
  • DDES1150, Interaction Design 1 (Convenor/Tutor)
  • DDES2150, Interaction Design 2 (Convenor)
  • DART1140, Printmaking 1 Foundations (Tutor)