Tomo Kihara is a Japanese design researcher/game designer based in the Netherlands. By probing playful design interventions in everyday life, he designs social interactions that provokes and challenges the reality.
He is also the founder of project 'phonvert', which is an open project aimed at speculating and developing alternative usages of retired smartphones. This project has been staged internationally and was nominated for the Design of the Year 2016 by the London Design Museum. He further developed this project at the Waag in Amsterdam.
Some people also refer to him as the Chief Street Debater since he is head of the street debaters around the globe. You can meet him opening a debate on the streets around the world. He is doing a master course Design for Interactions at TU Delft in Netherlands.
- We makeOpen Design Lab02-01-2018At the 'phonvert' workshop held in Waag on December 7th 2017, we did an ideation session to “phonvert” retired smartphones with AI.