Dr Haider Ali Akmal

Design Catalog ++

  1. Uncanny AI
  2. Tarot of Things
  3. Internet of Things Board Game
  4. Spatial Model for IoT
  5. Empathy Engine
  6. Urban Essence
  1. Orient Smart
  2. Halton Mill
  3. Muse Talent
  4. UN70th

Art Catalog ++
  1. This tiny garden that I tend
  2. Specimens
  3. Whispers
  4. Nostalgia Disturbia
  5. Back & Forth
  6. Taboos

Writing Catalog ++
  1. In Blind Sight
  2. My beef with Apple︎︎︎
  3. A Philosophy of Malfunction︎︎︎
  4. The weight of starlight︎︎︎

Haider is a designer, artist, educator, and researcher exploring the intricacies of more-than-human presents and futures for art, design, and technology.

I acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land where I work and live. I pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging. I celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders of all communities who also work and live on this land.


I’ve been teaching both undergraduate and post-graduate level since 2016. As an alumnus of the National College of Arts in Pakistan, I support a karkhana approach or mentor-apprentice pedagogy for fostering a student-subject bond. Play is a large part of my learning and teaching process as I encourage all my students to take a reflective approach through practice and research through design methods.

I often take the example of a playground in my classes, where freedom and imagination mingle together to craft new realities. A mentorship approach makes one appreciate the balance of play and work, and I strive to incorporate that in my teaching as much as I can; particularly in my studio classes.

My teaching philosophy thus becomes one of acceptance, patience, and drive. I feel all students in my class must be given the necessary opportunity to absorb as much information presented as possible in a comfortable manner, while being as inquisitive as they feel necessary in the process. 

Research Supervision/Mentorship

taking PhD candidates for supervision. ⚠️

I provide supervision or mentorship/guidance for higher degree research candidates/students in the areas of Interaction Design, Design & Play, Research through Design, Ludic Design, More-than Human Design, Posthumanism and Design Practice, Specualtive Design, as well as interdisciplinary research involving design and emergining technologies. Prospective research candidates who may be interested are advised to explore my research profile before reaching out, furthermore given workload and commitments I may not be accepting new candidates for supervision at all times.

Workshop Facilitation/Design

As an academic I am available to provide workshops to interested groups in the areas of Interaction Design, Design Thinking, Design & Play, and Speculative Design. As a researcher I have in the past provided and continue to provide my expertise in crafting bespoke workshops for wicked problem solving. If that is something you would like to discuss, feel free to contact me as I’m always interested in engaging research and industry.

︎Convenor ︎Tutor

Current Courses

DDES9151 Interaction Design Foundations ︎

DDES1150 Interaction Design 1 ︎︎

Past Courses

SDES9311 Introduction to Interaction Design ︎
SDES9312 Human-Centred Design Methods ︎
SDES9214 Design Studio Project 2 ︎

FADA1010 Design Collaboration Studio 1︎︎

DDES1150 Interaction Design 1 ︎︎
DDES2150 Interaction Design 2 ︎
DDES2151 Interaction Design 3 ︎
DART1140 Printmaking 1 Foundations ︎
DART2140 Printmaking 2 Etchings ︎︎

Lancaster University, UK
CNLICA420 Design Interactions (Remote BJTU) ︎
LICA344 Design Interaction Studio: Things ︎

ELECT Computer Aided Design for Fine Artists ︎
FA2101 Introduction to Fine Art 1: Printmaking ︎
FA2201 Introduction to Fine Art 2: Printmaking ︎
FA3101 Fine Arts Major 1: Printmaking ︎
FA3201 Fine Arts Major 2: Printmaking ︎
FA4101 Fine Arts Major 3: Printmaking ︎

VCD437 Illustration 3 ︎
VCD237 Illustration 1 ︎︎

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