Jonas Löwgren: Résumé


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Jonas Löwgren (b. 1964) is professor of interaction and information design at Linköping University, Sweden. He specializes in collaborative media design, interactive visualization and the design theory of the digital materials. Jonas has taught interaction design in university courses and in companies since the early 1990’s and initiated the influential two-year master’s program and the PhD program in interaction design when he was at Malmö University. Most recently, he co-initiated the two-year master’s program in design at Linköping University, in which he coordinates the Visual Media profile. He has published some 90 peer-reviewed academic papers and four books, including Thoughtful Interaction Design (with Erik Stolterman, published by MIT Press), and a vast range of general-interest and pedagogical material. His design portfolio comprises over 60 projects from explorative research and professional contexts.


Professor of interaction and information design at the division of Media and Information Technology, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University.
Professor of interaction design and co-founder at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University. Focus on teaching interaction design, and on research in collaborative media, visualization and design theory. 100% employment in 1999, 10% in 2000–02, 80% in 2003, then 100%.
External professor (adjungerad professor) of interaction design at Blekinge Technical University.
Director of research at the r+d studio in interactive animation, dept. of Animation and animated film, Konstfack, Eksjö. Responsible for content and direction in design and art projects combining animation with interactive media. 90% employment in 2000–02, 20% in 2003.
Founding staff member of the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, in the field of interaction design. Responsible for developing a two-year Masters' education. Significant responsibility in developing the School, including research planning and funding, studio research, PhD student supervision and external communication.
Permanent assisting professor (universitetslektor) of human-computer interaction at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA), Linköping University.
Half-time employment for fourteen months as acting full professor (vikarierande professor) at the Department of Informatics, Lund University.
Half-time employment for six months as interaction designer in the consulting company Telub Teknik in Linköping.
Half-time employment for eight months as interaction designer in the consulting company UI Design in Linköping.
Half-time acting assisting professor (vikarierande högskolelektor) of human-computer interaction at IDA.
Systems operator for three months at the computer center, SAAB Aircraft Division, Linköping.
Systems analyst for three months at the Defense Munitions Administration (FMV), Linköping.
Swedish Army Intelligence School, Karlsborg, training in technical intelligence work and intelligence assessment as well as in military leadership and tactics for ranger units.


Swedish: Native.
English: Rather fluent reading, writing and speaking.
Norwegian, Danish: Fair reading comprehension, spoken communication workable in pidgin »Scandinavian.«
German: Elementary reading and speaking.
French: Rudimentary reading and speaking.


Docent of human-computer interaction at Linköping University.
Ph.D. in computer science/human-computer interaction at Linköping University. Dissertation title: Knowledge-based design support and discourse management in user interface management systems.
Tech. Lic. at Linköping University.
M.Sc. in computer science and engineering at Linköping University.
Graduated as 2nd lieutenant from the army officer school of the Royal Rangers (K3) in Karlsborg.

Personal information

Date of birth: September 28, 1964.
Family: Married to Christina. Two daughters: Sara, born 1996, and Ellen, born 1998. Living in the countryside near the village of Eksjö in the Swedish Southern Highlands.