All my writings is about design, and is based on 30 years of practical experience and education (Industrial Design)  within the design field. More specific I work and write about design with digital material and cross media, both physical material and virtual media. For me technology  is not good or bad in itself. It can be both, depending on the design and use of it. My desire is to contribute to better design and use of technology, from a cultural and humanistic perspective, acknowledging peoples diversity, rights and the design artifacts potentiality to empower and dis-empower.  In my research I started up focusing on openness as a quality in all designs, later focusing on health improving technology more specific.


Cappelen B., Andersson, A. (2021)
Trans-Create – Co-Design with Persons with Severe Disabilities.
UD 2021– Universal Design 2021: From Special to Mainstream Solutions. IOS Press 2021, ISBN 978-1-64368-190-0. s. 87-101


Lattemann, C., Arntsen, E., Flåten, B., Fürst, N., Holen, J., Cappelen, B. (2020)
Is There a Proper Way to Teach Design Thinking? Empirical Evidence from Design Thinking in Education.
Journal of Design Thinking (JDT) 2020– Volume 1.(1), s. 35-48


Cappelen B., Andersson, A.  (2018)
Cultural Artefacts with Virtual Capabilities Enhance Self-Expression Possibilities for Children with Special Needs.
UDHEIT 2018– Transforming our World Through Design, Diversity and Education. IOS Press, ISBN 978-1-61499-922-5. s. 634-642

Cappelen B., Andersson, A.  (2018)
The Health Promoting Potential of Interactive Art.
ICCHP 2018 – Computers Helping People with Special Needs. Springer Nature 2018
ISBN 978-3-319-94276-6. s. 479-484

Cappelen B., Andersson, A.  (2018)
Vitalising Health Promoting Technology for Elderly in Design Education.
E&PDE 2018 – 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education.  Proceedings,
Diversity or Conformity,  The Design Society 2018
ISBN 9781912254026. s. 558-565


Cappelen B., Andersson, A.  (2016)
Health Improving Multi-Sensorial and Musical Environments.
Audio Mostly 2016 – “Multisensory Interaction Design”. Proceedings, ACM 978-1-4503-4822-5/16/10.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2986416.2986427

Cappelen B., Andersson, A.  (2016)
Embodied and Distributed Parallel DJing.
Universal Design 2016Vol. 229. Petrie, H. et al (ed). Page 528-539. ISBN 978-1-61499-683-5 (print) 978-1-61499-684-2 (online)


Cappelen B., Andersson, A. (2014).
Designing four generations of ‘Musicking Tangibles.
Music, Health, Technology and Design.
Book Series from Centre for Music and Health
NMH-publications, Vol 8. Stensæth, K. (ed). Page 1-20.
ISSN 1893-3580.

Andersson A., Cappelen B. (2014).
Vocal and tangible interaction in RHYME.
Music, Health, Technology and Design.
Book Series from Centre for Music and Health,
NMH-publications, Vol 8. Stensæth, K. (ed). Page 21-38.
ISSN 1893-3580.

Andersson A., Cappelen B., Olofsson F.  (2014).
Designing Sound for Recreation and Well-Being.
Proceedings, The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical ExpressionNIME2014, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Page 529-533. ISBN 978-1-906897-29-1.

Andersson A., Cappelen B., (2014).
Musical Interaction for Health Improvement. 
Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio. Collins, K., Kapralos, B., Tessler, H. (eds.), Oxford University Press. Page 247-262. ISBN 978-0-19-979722-6.


Andersson, A., Cappelen, B. (2013).
Vocal and Tangible Interaction Crossing Borders
Proceedings Include 2013, Hong Kong. ISBN 978-1-907342-70-7.

Cappelen B., Andersson, A. (2013).
Towards an Empowering Tangible Interaction Design for Diversity
Proceedings Include 2013, Hong Kong. ISBN 978-1-907342-70-7.

Andersson, A., Cappelen, B. (2013).
Designing Empowering Vocal and Tangible Interaction.
Proceedings, The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Nime2013, Kaejeon, Korea. Page 406-412. ISSN 2220-4806.


Cappelen B., Andersson A. (2012).
Co-created Staging – Situating installations. 
Proceedings, Interactive Media Arts Conference,
 IMAC2011, Re-new, Copenhagen. Page 24-31. ISBN 978-87-7112-037-0‏

Cappelen B., Andersson A., (2012).
The Empowering Potential of Re-Staging
Leonardo Electronic Almanac Vol 18 Issue 3. Page 130-139. ISSN 1071-4391. ISBN 978- 1- 906897-18-5

Cappelen B., Andersson A., (2012).
Musicking Tangibles for Empowerment
ICCHP 2012
– Computers Helping People with Special Needs, Part I. (ed.) Miesenberger, K., Karshmer, A., Penaz, P., Zagler, W. Springer Publishing Company. Page 248-255. ISBN 978-3-642-31521-3

Cappelen B., Andersson A., (2011).
Designing Smart Textile for Music and Health. 
Proceedings, Ambience2011, Borås. Page 43-52. ISBN: 978-91-975576-8-9


Cappelen B., Andersson A., (2011).
Expanding the Role of the instrument. 
Proceedings, The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical ExpressionNIME 2011, Oslo. Page 511-514. ISSN 22-20-4792. ISBN 978-82-991841-7-5.

Cappelen B., Andersson A., (2011).
Design for Co-creation with Interactive Montage.
Proceedings, 4. Nordic Design Research ConferenceNordes2011, Helsinki. Page 189-193.

some earlier writings…

Cappelen, Birgitta; Andersson, Anders-Petter.
To challenge textile with music.
Ambience08, Proceedings. Other Titles: Smart Textiles- Technology and Design . Editors: Hallnäs, Lars, Walkenström, Pernilla, Wasling, Lennart. : Högskolan i Borås, Centrum för Textilforskning / University College of 2008 s. 158-161

Cappelen, Birgitta; Andersson, Anders-Petter.
From designing objects to designing fields: from control to freedom
Digital Creativity, ISSN 1462-6268, 2003 , Vol. 14, nr 2, 74-90

Cappelen, Birgitta; Andersson, Anders-Petter
Ambiguity – A User Quality Collaborative Narrative in a Multimodal User Interface, AAAI, Stanford 2000

co-creation, design and research…