Hello! My name is Tomo Kihara(JP/NL) — a mix of a designer, developer and an artist who loves to create things at the intersection of play, technology and society.

Recently I made TheirTube, a web service that allows you to see how other people's Youtube recommendation look like, which was funded by the Mozilla Foundation.

I'm also the project initiator of Street Debater — European Commission funded project that enables people on the street to earn money through positive conversations. I’ve been lucky to work and collaborate with organisations like Google ATAP, Waag, IDEO and most recently VEED.IO.
I often refer to the things I make as playful interventions because I like making playful interfaces and toys for thought that can be inserted in the context of people's everyday lives, which can then change the way of how people interact with the world.

So far, my projects have been fortunate enough to get exhibited at places like the "Social Design Asia" exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Xiamen and at the "The Future Start Here" by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

I'm also a part of a collective of designers and coders making artful software called Tiny Factories. When I am not busy playing games I like to cook experimental vegan ramen🍜 🍆

I'm open for commission and collaboration, so drop me a line ;)


2021 - STARTS PRIZE 2021 - Nomination - TheirTube
- Mozilla Creative Media Awards 2020 - TheirTube
- IxDA Interaction Awards : Finalist - Street Debater
2017 -  WIRED Creative Hack Award : Grand Prix - Street Debater
2016 - London Design Museum Designs of the Year :  phonvert


2022 - 21-21 DESIGN SIGHT - Future In-sight - Future Collider
2021 - ARS ELECTRONICA  - TheirTube
2019- Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen - Social Design Exhibition Asia
- Kunsthal KaDK - Balancing Acts : Street Debater
2018 - Victoria & Albert Museum : Future Starts here - phonvert
2016 - London Design Museum : Designs of the Year - phonvert

Academic Publication

2019 -DIS - San Diego : Designing and Prototyping from the Perspective of AI in the Wild (Full Paper)
2019 - CHI - Glasgow :  Designing an Escape Room in the City for Public Engagement with AI-enhanced Surveillance (Late Breaking Work)
2018 - CHI - Montreal : Connected Resources: A Novel Approach in Designing Technologies for Older People (Late Breaking Work)
2015 - INCLUDE - London : Developing Products to Prevent Group Infection in Nursery Schools (Poster)