Interaction Design and creativity research

Exploring the design and use of IT from a humanistic perspective

I’m Peter Dalsgaard, Professor of Interaction Design at Aarhus University. I explore the use and design of digital systems and media from a human-centered perspective. Focusing on how humans use technology to think, create, and collaborate in new ways, my research combines design research, human-computer interaction, and the study of innovation and creativity.

My profiles elsewhere:  Aarhus University | Google Scholar | Twitter | Linkedin
Contact: +45 20652942 |  


Peter Dalsgaard

News and recent publications

[October 10]: Presenting a new article at NordiCHI 2022: Dalsgaard, P., Frich & Riisgaard, T. 2022. “Four Challenges of Designing Digital Services to Support Participatory Design“.

[October 10]: Workshop and article at NordiCHI 2022: Nouwens, M., Dalsgaard, P. & Blanton, A. 2022. “Time and its Study in Design Ideation Processes”.

[June 21]: New article in Creativity & Cognition 2022: Inie, N. Frich, J., Dalsgaard, P. 2022: “How Researchers Manage Ideas”.

[June 20]: Program Co-Chair for ACM Creativity & Cognition 2022, Venice: Christensen, B. & Dalsgaard, P. (eds.) 2022. “Proceedings of ACM Creativity & Cognition 2022”.

[January 20]: New grant to develop platforms for knowledge co-creation and dissemination with Dokk1 in the lead.

[September 1]: Launch of the project Managing Ideas in Creative Work, funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark.  We will study how creative professionals manage & develop ideas.


Current projects

Screenshot 2020-11-24 at 11.29.29

Studying the benefits and shortcomings of digital tools used in collaborative creative work.  Read more on the project website.

Managing ideas
Managing Ideas in Creative Work

Examining the role and nature of tools that designers use to capture, manage, and develop ideas, specifically in the domain of design. Read more on the project website.

Screenshot 2020-11-23 at 15.43.21

Creating a participatory platform for communities to develop, discuss and present best- practice examples of solutions for how to rethink society after the COVID-19 lockdown. Read more on the project website.

Screen Shot 2018-05-11 at 11.52.31

Developing digital services to help libraries transform into vibrant urban innovation hubs by supporting knowledge creation activities among citizens and turning this knowledge into an ever-growing part of the urban community’s shared resources. Read more on the project website

Experimenting, Experiencing, Reflecting

A collaboration between science and art led to examine perception, decision-making, action, notions of togetherness, collaboration, and the transmission of knowledge. Read more on the project website

Human-Centered Information Spaces

Envisioning a future in which the existing world of documents and applications is linked to multiscale personalized information spaces that behave in accordance with the context and history of activity. Read more on the project website

Short bio

Full professor of Interaction Design at Aarhus University.
Founder and co-director of the Centre for Digital Creativity
Currently principal investigator of the projects 
CoCreatePLACEDCreative Tools, and Reinvent
My profiles elsewhere:  Aarhus University | Google Scholar | Twitter | Linkedin

Aarhus University

For prospective students

I am currently accepting new Masters and PhD students, particularly in the topics of interaction design, digital tools in creativity and innovation, participatory  design, design processes, and the interplay between digital and physical phenomena in Human-Computer Interaction. Please email me at dalsgaard[at], sending a CV and a project outline, if you’re interested in supervision or mentoring, possibly in connection to one of our current projects