is an informal collaborative research and teaching space at Huddersfield University coordinated by John Bonner to provide an open environment to:

  • carry out user experience, service design and usability evaluation and design studies
  • provide a focal point for interaction design teaching for some of our undergraduate students
  • create a research environment to explore how digital technology is increasingly impacting upon our lives

Our expertise centres around interaction design - which Terry Winograd has defined as 'the design of spaces for human communication and interaction'


We are keen to grow and develop partnerships with organsiations in the digitial domain where we can introduce talented students to speculative and challenging commercially focussed projects.

We have a number of collaborative projects running at the moment ranging from promotional animations, social gaming with mobile phones to the exploration of display technologies to reduce crime.


We have a range of prototyping equipment for students to use as a way of developing novel interaction technologies and games. Students use this equipment for final year projects and also for a second year games design module


live:lab is also a networking environment between academics within Huddersfield University and other universities

Research on Whiteboard








The intention of live:lab is to provide innovation support in managing, designing and evaluating digital products and services through student and funded projects. Through West Yorkshire Knowledge Exchange funding, we have built a living and office space in which emerging interactive digital technologies can be developed at low cost. We are seeking collaboration and involvement from organisations wishing to develop and innovate with new digital interactive technologies and want an academic input to push beyond conventional boundaries.

Job opportunities

We are always looking for keen and talented research students and post-doctoral staff.

Would you like to do a Master's degree by research?

A Master's by Research (either MSc or MA depending on your subject area) allows you to undertake a one year (full time) research degree. It contains little or no formal taught component. Such progammes are attractive to those wanting to improve their career prospects within the digital media industries.
Research Master's degrees are also ideal for people who are in industrial or commercial employment and who wish to undertake R&D on a part-time basis to solve problems or develop enhancements for their work purposes. In such cases it is generally possible to construct a Master's by Research project whereby the candidate works closely with staff who provide the specialist knowledge and supervisory input.

Want to be a member of our user panel?

We need families, people who love gadgets and more importantly those that hate them to get involved to help design future products and services

Contacting us

Dr John V H Bonner
Canalside West
Department of Informatics
School of Computing and Engineering
Huddersfield University

01484 472913