AboutStéphane Vial is Professor at the School of Design at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). He is the editor-in-chief of the French-language research journal Sciences du Design (Puf).
He earned a PhD in philosophy in 2012 at Paris Descartes University. He is also accredited to supervise research (Habilitation, H.D.R.) by the University of Nîmes since 2015. He conducts research in design theory, digital design for social innovation, design for digital humanities. Vial is the author of several books published by Presses Universitaires de France: Le Design [Design] (in the “Que sais-je?” series); Being and the Screen: How the Digital Changes Perception and A Short Treatise on Design (in the “Quadrige” series; forthcoming from the MIT Press); and Kierkegaard, Écrire ou Mourir [Kierkegaard, Writing or Dying] (in the “Critical Perspectives” series). He has also co-edited Advancements in the Philosophy of Design with Pieter Vermaas (Springer, 2018); and Design et innovation dans la chaîne du livre: écrire, éditer, lire à l’ère numérique [Design and Innovation in the Book Chain: Writing, Editing, Reading in the Digital Age] with Marie-Julie Catoir-Brisson (Presses universitaires de France, 2017). Previously, Vial was an Associate Professor at the University of Nîmes (2013-2018), where he and Alain Findeli co-founded the PROJEKT research lab in social design. Earlier he was a professor of philosophy at École Boulle (2005-2013), an art and design school in Paris. Established in Paris as an independent web designer in 2007, he has designed and directed some thirty web and graphic projects in the artistic and cultural as well as the public and non-profit sectors in France. Vial founded and coordinates Recherche-Design.org, a French language design research mailing list with more than 1000 members worldwide. He served as president of the jury of the The National Design Award of Latvia.
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