John Vines

John Vines is a design scholar and practitioner, whose research examines the fluid boundaries between design discourse, HCI, cognitive science, philosophy of mind and gerontology. Currently, he is in the final stages of a PhD candidacy with Transtechnology Research at the University of Plymouth, UK. His PhD research critically examines design practice and theory as it relates to developing digital media in light of scientific knowledge on human ageing, specifically in relation to models of temporal changes to cognition. Currently, John is developing practice-led postdoctoral research collaborations and editing his doctoral thesis for dissemination. John is also Associate Editor for Leonardo Reviews. Email: john.c.vines(at)

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Journal Articles

Leonardo Reviews

Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects by Prasad Boradkar. Berg Publishers, Oxford, U.K., 2010. 336 pp., illus. ISBN: 978-1-84520-427-3

June 2011
Leonardo Reviews

Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing by Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, U.S.A., 2011. 264 pp., illus. Trade. ISBN: 978-0-262-01555-4

October 2012