Tomo Kihara is a Japanese interaction designer creating playful interventions for social change.

Based in Amsterdam, his work focuses at the intersection of art, technology, games and the urban space.

His projects have been acclaimed internationally, being exhibited at Designs of the Year 2016 by the London Design Museum (phonvert) and winning the Grand Prix at WIRED Creative Hack Award (Street Debater). He has been giving talks at international conferences like Design INDABA and European Design Festival.

Tomo holds an MSc Design for Interaction from Delft University of Technology (NL) and BA in Environment and Information Studies from Keio University (JP). Having backgrounds in both design research and HCI (Human Computer Interaction) allows him to deploy research-driven designs that requires technical skills. He wears many hats as an artist, coder and researcher but one thing remains the same — his works only starts by its use.

In his practice, he finds points of intervention in complex socio-technical problems by conducting extensive research. He then designs playful interventions that gives a new perspective on these issues which takes the form of a product, a game or even a new job.

Updates Jan 2019

Currently working as a freelancer in Amsterdam. I'm open to any commissions or collaborations so drop me a line ;)


2019 - IxDA Interaction Awards : Finalist - Street Debater
2017 -  WIRED Creative Hack Award : Grand Prix - Street Debater
2016 - London Design Museum Designs of the Year : Nomination - phonvert


2019 - Kunsthal KaDK - Balancing Acts : Street Debater
2018 - Victoria & Albert Museum : Future Starts here - phonvert
2016 - London Design Museum : Designs of the Year - phonvert

木原 共

遊びの切り口から社会変革を生み出すプロジェクトを国際的に手がけるインタラクションデザイナー / デザインリサーチャー。ものごいの代替行為をデザインするプロジェクト“Street Debater”が、『WIRED』の「CREATIVE HACK AWARD 2017」のグランプリを受賞。2019サン・ティエンヌ国際デザインビエンナーレ招待作家。慶應義塾大学SFC卒業後、オランダのデルフト工科大学院インタラクションデザイン修士課程を修了。

Academic Publication

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)