Nokia Design Archive Research Team
The Principal Investigator of the research project, Anna Valtonen, is Professor in Strategic Design at Aalto University. Her focus is in the history of design (often in companies), as well as the future possibilities thereof. Design has always been about change, about how to change the existing situation into a preferred one. Much of Valtonen’s work has been about facilitating this change and increasing collaboration across fields. She has a broad background in industry (end-user understanding, strategy, creative industries, management and new business development), academia (Post-Doc, Professor, Dean, Vice-President, Rector), and is actively involved in several national and EU-level boards, advisory groups and consortia. During her 13 years in Nokia, she also founded and upkept the Nokia Design archives as well as led many of the future-driven design activities in the company.
Guy Julier is Professor of Design Leadership and Head of Research in the Department of Design at Aalto University. He works with researchers and students to investigate new design practices and economies. His most recent book, Economies of Design (2017), provides an analysis of the multiple economic roles of contemporary design. The Culture of Design (2014, 3rd edition) offers a unique overview of design practice in contemporary culture and society.
The post-doctoral researcher of the project, Kaisu Savola, is a design historian and curator. She defended her doctoral thesis ‘‘Disrespectful thoughts about design’: Social and political ideologies in Finnish design 1960-1980’ in March 2023 at Aalto University, Department of Design. In addition to her research, her recent work includes curating the spring 2022 headline exhibition at the Helsinki Design Museum and curating and producing the Finnish pavilion at the XXII Triennale di Milano in 2019.
The project’s current archivist, Mikko Heikkilä, has studied history at the University of Turku and the University of Eastern Finland. He has also experienced the 20th century Finnish technology craze when studying engineering at University of Vaasa. Mikko has worked in museums and different projects in the IT sector, most recently by being involved in the development of an open-source content management system for online digital cultural heritage collections.
The project archivist, Johanna Koivusaari, is a records management and archival science student and Master of Science in Finnish language. Her master thesis in the University of Eastern Finland concerns the use and users of archives. Recently Johanna has been working for Aalto University Archives and the City of Helsinki, Education Division Archives. Johanna is very interested in history of technology and design and lived in Oulu during the technology boom in the early 2000’s.
Michel Nader Sayún
The project designer, Michel Nader, is a Master in Arts from Aalto University interested in how societies interact with and are addected by design. He has experience in social impact research and design projects around change in social systems and inclusivity in the design process. He has worked as a researcher in Aalto University since 2022, before this, he worked in Forum Virium Helsinki setting up the FinEst Centre for Smart Cities and doing social impact evaluation of smart urban projects.
Pauli Pakarinen works as a postdoctoral researcher in the project. His research explores the intersection of work, technology, expertise in occupational and organizational settings. Pauli uses ethnographic observation, archival work, and interviews to develop new understandings on how expertise and technology are mobilized to produce interventions, solutions, advice, foresight, and imagined technological and economic futures. Pauli has Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Aalto University, Finland. Before joining the project, he was a postdoc at Stanford University and Emlyon Business School.
Lu Chen works as a research assistant to design and develop the interactive data visualisation for the project. Lu is a master's student in New Media at Aalto University. Before the master’s, they attained a bachelor's degree in design with a minor in information design in 2023 and a bachelor’s degree in computing with honours in 2016. The bachelor’s thesis in design investigated the roles of design and designers in supporting immigrants’ civic engagement in Finland. Lu is interested in approachable information representation for knowledge generation and the ability of design to tell alternative stories and thus explore possible futures.
Members of the Advisory and Collaboration Board
Maria Göransdotter (PhD) is associate professor in design history and design theory at the Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. With a PhD in industrial design and an academic background in the history of ideas, her teaching and research explores how transitional design histories might open up conceptual spaces for thinking and doing design differently. Between 2008 and 2018, Göransdotter was part of the leadership group at the Umeå Institute of Design, holding the position as Head of Department between 2012 and 2015, and Vice Rector 2015-2018.
Ingrid Halland (PhD) is associate professor at the Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Bergen, where she teaches 20th century architecture history and theory, as well as contemporary art theory and politics of aesthetics. She also holds the position as associate professor II at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Her research interests include material histories, cybernetics, theories of environment, continental philosophy, as well as ethics of globalization, systems biology, and critiques of the Anthropocene.
Mika Pantzar (PhD) is professor (Consumer citizenship) in Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki. His research interests have included domestication of technology, rhythm analysis and evolutionary economics, as well as data economy and the ways in which big data are used in consumer research. Former project (2006-2011) Co-production of innovations – Towards an integrative theory of practice within the Academy of Finland and Aalto University was finalized in the book Everyday life: The dynamics of social practice (SAGE, 2012).
Simona Rocchi (PhD) is Senior Research Director of Design for Sustainability & Innovation at Philips Experience Design. She is responsible for the global creative direction of various strategic design initiatives that shape solutions for system change. She holds a PhD in Cleaner Production, Cleaner Products and Sustainability from Erasmus University, a MSc in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano and an MSc in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University.
Hannu Salmi (PhD) is professor of Cultural History at the University of Turku and Academy Professor 2017-2021. His research interests focus on digital history and digital humanities, the cultural history of the 19th century, history of film and the media and history of technology. His recent projects include Movie Making Finland: Finnish Fiction Films as Audiovisual Big Data and Computational History and the Transformation of Public Discourse in Finland 1640-1910.