Interaction Designer / Playful Interventionist
Tomo Kihara develops playful interventions to question and reframe societal issues. Through combining creative coding and physical prototyping he designs social interactions that provoke and challenge the reality.
His recent project Street Debaters aims to change the act of begging into a job to create public discourse through playful artifacts.
His projects to reframe societal issues through design activism has been acclaimed internationally, with project “phonvert” – a project to raise awareness of the potential that retired smartphones have – being nominated as Design of the Year 2016 by the London Design Museum.
Some people also refer to him as the Chief Street Debater since he is head of the Street Debaters around the globe. On sunny weekends you can meet him street debating about almost anything − from politics to the best anime − in Amsterdam Dam square.
Originally from Japan, he is now based in the Netherlands.