Who We Are

Doctor John Fass

Dr John Fass is a designer, researcher and teacher, currently Course Leader MA User Experience Design at London College of Communication. John studied photography before working in community embedded social design in the post-socialist ruins of the former GDR. He has been a digital designer for thirty years working as an interface and interaction designer in multidisciplinary teams.

John worked at the Royal College of Art on MA Information Experience Design for 8 years. He holds a BA (Hons) in Photography, an MRes with Distinction in Information Environments and a PhD from the Royal College of Art.

Professor Job Rutgers,

Job is a Sr. design facilitator at OCADU Co, the executive Education arm of the university. Job is a full professor in Design at OCAD University in Toronto. At OCADU, he has co-designed the Industrial Design Curriculum (BA) and the Design for Health curriculum (MA). At OCADU’s digital futures initiative, job is the principal investigator of the Ambient Experience Lab. 

Job has expertise in experience design, interaction design, strategic design and ambient experience design. He also works as a design strategist with VUKA Innovation, working on systemic healthcare challenges.

Mo Ling Chui

Mo-Ling is a Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Design Management at London College of Communication, she was Course Leader from 2015 to 2022. She is a creative director and strategist, facilitator and curator/programmer with over 20 years experience conceptualising, designing, managing and delivering diverse projects internationally (UK, China, Canada).

In her research and creative practice Mo-Ling applies ethnographic and human-centred design thinking approaches to develop cultural intelligence and social design projects. She explores themes around creativity/design pedagogy, emerging and future identities, diversity and diaspora.

About the project

In 2016, Professor Job Rutgers from OCAD U’s Industrial Design program began a collaboration with Dr. John Fass and Mo Ling Chui from UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC). This exciting partnership between educators and researchers at both institutions, applies design thinking to the creation of design pedagogy and design curriculum and is inspired by OCAD U’s Industrial Design program approach on Design Competences.

The group has presented workshops on Design Competencies at Cumulus in Kolding, Denmark, in Paris and in Rovaniemi, Finland and for the annual American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) conference in Minneapolis. We have published at Cumulus and DRS. In 2022, the collaboration will lead to additional workshops as a part of Cumulus Detroit. This work has positioned OCADU and UAL as leaders in design education and curriculum development in the global community of design educators.

Job, Mo Ling and John have been exploring the wider possibilities for the design competency framework in the context of design conferences, academic management, and executive education. If you think you might find the framework useful or relevant we’d love to hear from you.

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