Jono Shaw

Human Experience Designer
Affective Interaction Explorer
Speculative Art Attempter
Social Robotics Practitioner

What People Say

Jono Shaw is an interaction designer based in Sydney, Australia, whose works bring a multifaceted perspective to produce designs as exploratory as they are aesthetically and emotionally pleasing. His design practice encompasses interactive media art, human-centered experience design, speculative design, and affective interaction design, through which he breaks boundaries toward intriguing intersections between humanity and sensory environments.

Jono’s approach to design is characterized by challenging conventional thinking and self-imposed constraints, with the aspiration to designs that not just serve a function, but tell a story, stimulate reflections, break conservative prejudices, and look after minor intricacies of life. As a practice-based researcher, his interests center on the ways technology influences humanity, society and culture, and how social and cultural institutions adapt to these changes. His passion also extends to filmmaking, education, creative writing, minority rights, and multiculturalism.


Sessional Academic | May 2024 - Present
School of Art and Design, UNSW

Research Assistant (Multimedia) | Feb 2024 - Present
NSW Brigalow Belt Project × Dr Tricia Flanagan (UNSW)

Junior Researcher (Interaction Design) | Sep 2022 - Present
UNSW Creative Robotics Lab

Studio Assistant | Feb 2023 - May 2023
Tricia Flanagan Artist Studio

Student Research Assistant | May 2022 - Aug 2022
UNSW Creative Robotics Lab × UNSW ADA Innovation Hub


Lecturer & Tutor - DDES1150 Interaction 1: Principles and Practices (Bachelor of Design)
Teaching Assistant - DDES9016 Design Studio Project 1: Proposal (Master of Design)
Teaching Assistant - DDES9017 Design Studio Project 2: Final Design (Master of Design)


Master of Design | 2022 - 2023
University of New South Wales, Australia

Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture | 2016 - 2020
Nanjing Forestry University, China


Human-Centered Design (HCD)
UX / UI Design
User Research
User Testing
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Speculative Design
Art Curation
Co-Design & Design Thinking
Art & Design Tutoring
Research through Design (RtD)
Academic Writing
Rapid Prototyping
Creative Problem Solving
Journey Mapping
Video Production
Presentation Design
Visual Communication
Sketch App
Adobe XD
Apple Keynote (Advanced)
Final Cut Pro
Adobe Photoshop
Fusion 360
Python (Basic)
C / C++ (Basic)

Honors & Awards

Big Anxiety Research Center 2024 Forum Selection (Project ./behave_mechanical) | Mar 2024
UNSW Postgraduate Dean’s List of 2023 | Feb 2024
Frost* Design Prize - Shortlisted (Project ./behave_mechanical) | Dec 2023
UNSW Postgraduate Dean’s List of 2022 | Feb 2023
Creative Confidence Grant (A$2,000), UNSW ADA Innovation Hub | Jul 2022


Peer Reviewer | Apr 2024
The 16th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C ’24; Chicago, USA)

Local Coordinator, VR & XR Session | Dec 2023
ACM SIGGRAPH Asia 2023 Conference (Sydney, Australia)

User Testing Sessional Host | Oct 2023 - Dec 2023
UNSW Creative Robotics Lab × Australian Defence Force

Student Volunteer Chair | Dec 2022
The 10th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (HAI ’22; Canterbury, New Zealand)


Akmal, H. A., Shaw, J., & Sandoval, E. B. (2022). Interactive perceptual companion: Prototyping a digital perception for HAI. HAI ’22: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction, 266–268.

Flanagan, P. J. (2023). NEEDLE WORK – Revealing relational agency aesthetics of craft through Human/Robot interaction. C&C ’23: Proceedings of the 15th Conference on Creativity and Cognition, 235–238.
(Credited with photography, production, and videography)

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