Naputsamohn Ib Junpiban

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Areas of interest: Cross-cultural approaches and co-design methods, Interactive health communication resources, AR, youth mental health

Master of Art, (Distinction) Communication Design, 2015, University of Southampton, UK
Bachelor of Art, (Second Class Honour) Creative Arts (Exhibition, Event and Experience Design), 2014 , Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Naputsamohn Ib Junpiban, is a PhD candidate at QUT Design Lab. She is a Thai design academic who held a position as a course lecturer at the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, Chulalongkorn University Thailand. In her research, she explores cross-cultural approaches and co-design methods to design and develop interactive health communication resources using AR technology to promote youth’s mental health literacy across cultures. The broader scope of Naputsamohn’s work includes designing and developing an educational and experience design program called “Museum in the box” for Thai local museums, university museums and ongoing design consultancy for non-profit organizations.

Thesis title: Augment Your Strengths: Cross-cultural co-design of AR technology to facilitate self-care resources for young people in Australia and Thailand

Naputsamohn’s thesis explores cross-cultural collaborative design approaches to seek novel, innovative and engaging ways of using AR technology to promote mental wellbeing resources for young people in Australia and Thailand. Using AR, this research integrates digital and physical interactions and engagement to promote self-care through experiential and interactive experiences. The project aims to inform a new way of designing AR tools by applying a mix-method approach of participatory design, collaborating with potential end-users, and building a cross-cultural dialogue on mental wellbeing. It is hoped that the benefits of cross-cultural collaborative design approaches with AR technology for complex issues such as anxiety in young people will offer an innovative approach and a better understanding of values and attitudes toward mental health across cultures that can be applied to the facilitation of multidisciplinary research and the area of visual communication and interaction design.

Principal supervisory: Prof. Lisa Scharoun