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Mr Terence Fenn

Head of Digital Media Design (Multimedia)
Name: Terence Fenn
Location: 137, FADA Building, APB Bunting Road Campus
FADA Management Staff, FADA Multimedia Staff  Staff Members

Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)11-559-1092

Email: tfenn@uj.ac.za

About Mr Terence Fenn

Qualifications: MARTDESED (UNSW, AUS); MPhil (Information Technology) (UCT) B-Tech: Fine Arts (TWR)

Designation: Senior Lecturer

I have worked in the Department of Multimedia since January 2003. My key teaching areas include interaction design, information architecture, experience design, design thinking and design research.

I have published and presented numerous academic paper of which the overarching theme relates to teaching design with a specific focus on resolving complex societal problems. My recently completed second master’s degree focused on the co-design of a mobile application that promotes access to information for small-scale urban farmers in Soweto, South Africa

I co-founded the Design Society Development (DSD) DESIS Lab hosted in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture and chaired the lab during the 2016-2017 terms.

I am currently enrolled for a PHD at the Department of Informatics, at the University of Pretoria. The title of the research is ‘An experience-led, speculative approach to co-designing blended spaces in urban South African contexts’ and the study’s focus is on understanding how space is conceptualised in African communities and how this conceptualisation could impact and inform the design of future smart spaces.

Affiliated sites:
· fennhobbs.com
· https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Terence_Fenn · https://johannesburg.academia.edu/TerenceFenn · www.designsocietydevelopment.org

Supervision areas

I am particularly interested in supervising students who wish to situate their research in ‘practice- led’ or ‘design as research’ projects that focus on the resolution of complex problems affecting humans through either service driven or speculative methodologies (or combinations of both). Applicants would likely therefore have a strong interest in interaction design, information architecture, experience design or user experience design.

Journal articles, conference proceedings and book chapters.

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. Experience-led Design Strategy. The Design Management Academy 2017, International Conference, 7–9 June 2017, Hong Kong, Vol 5. 1667- 1684. doi: 10.21606/dma.2017.99

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2017. Conceiving and Applying Relationship Models for Design Strategy. In A. Chakrabarti and D. Chakrabarti (eds.), Research into Design for Communities, Volume 2, Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies 66. Proceedings of ICoRD 2017. Springer Nature; Singapore. 517-528. DOI 10.1007/978-981-10-3521-0_45.

Fenn, TK. 2015. Integrating contextmapping and interaction design: designing with and for small-scale urban farmers in Soweto. UCT Masters Thesis. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19976

Hobbs, J. and Fenn, T. 2015. The Firma Model: A Meta- framework for Design Research, Strategy and Critique. The Virtuous Circle, Summer Cumulus Conference. Politecnico de Milano 3-7 June 2015, Milan.

Donaldson, T. & Fenn, T. The Betterness of Braamfontein. Ethics and accountability in Design: Do they matter? – 7th International DEFSA Conference Proceedings, Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, 2-4 September 2015. Midrand.

Fenn, T, & Hobbs, J. Wicked Ethics in Design. Ethics and accountability in Design: Do they matter? – 7th International DEFSA Conference Proceedings, Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, 2-4 September 2015. Midrand.

Hobbs, J. & Fenn, T. The Firma Model: A Tool for Resolving Complex Societal Problems. Ethics and accountability in Design: Do they matter? – 7th International DEFSA Conference Proceedings, Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, 2-4 September 2015. Midrand.

Fenn, T. Framing Complexity: an experience-led approach to designing user research. Ethics and accountability in Design: Do they matter? – 7th International DEFSA Conference Proceedings, Midrand

Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology, 2-4 September 2015. Midrand.

Pretorious, M., Hobbs, J & Fenn, T. The User Experience Landscape of South Africa. SAICSIT ’15, September 28-30, 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2815782.2815807

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2014. The information architecture of meaning making. In (ed) Resmini, A. Reframing Information Architecture, Human-Computer Interaction Series. Springer International Publishing; Switzerland. 11-30. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-06492-5_2.

Fenn, T. 2014. Applying Generative Tools in the co-design of digital interactive products in development contexts. Cumulus Johannesburg: Design with the other 90%: Changing the World by Design. Johannesburg, South Africa. September 2014. 368-882.

Hobbs, J. & Fenn, T. 2013. Navigating Indeterminacy through the application of User Journeys. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Design, Development and Research. Kumasi, Ghana. June 2013. 190-209. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2869.6321

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2013. Applying user journey design to resolve complex design problems. Gaborone International Design Conference (2013). 24–26 September 2013, Gaborone, Botswana. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4704.6402

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2013. Preparing undergraduate design students for complexity: a case study of the Johannesburg Art Gallery Project. Gaborone International Design Conference (2013) 24–26 September 2013, Gaborone, Botswana. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3262.8484.

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2012. The information architecture of transdisciplinary design

practice: Rethinking Nathan Shedroff’s continuum of understanding. 2nd International Conference on Design, Development and Research Design, Cape Town, South Africa. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.3787.1362.

Hobbs, J. Fenn, T. & Resmini, A. 2011. Maturing a practice. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol 2(1). 2011. 37-54.

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2011. A Role for Information Architecture in Design Education: Conceptualising indeterminate problems in design thinking. Sixth International DEFSA Conference. 2011. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.4573.5689

Hobbs, J. & Fenn, T. 2011. A Role for Information Architecture in Design Education: Developing Innovation Through Structured Thinking. Sixth International DEFSA Conference. 2011.

DOI: 10.13140/2.1.1821.0564

Hobb, J. & Fenn, T. The Firma model. UX South Africa, Johannesburg 2015

Pretorious, M., Hobbs, J & Fenn, T. 2015. The User Experience Landscape of South Africa. Research report. Available at: www.uxlandscape.com.

Fenn, T & Hobbs, J. 2012. Urban renewal initiatives in Johannesburg: opportunities and networks for the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Unpublished. Pro bona report for the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

Fenn, T. & Hobbs, J. 2011.Teaching Design Thinking: Developing Innovation through Structured Thinking. EIA Summit, Prague, Czech Republic.