My name is Tomo Kihara(JP/NL) — a weird mix of a designer, developer, artist and a researcher that creates things that questions some aspect of technology and society through play.

This year I'm making TheirTube, a web service that allows you to see how other people's Youtube recommendation looks like with the Mozilla Foundation.

I'm also the project initiator and the lead of Street Debater — European Commission funded project that enables people on the street to earn money through positive conversations.
I often refer to the things I make as playful interventions because I like making things that can be inserted in the context of people's everyday lives, which can then change the way of how people look at the world.

I’ve been lucky to work and collaborate with organisations like IDEO, Google ATAP, Waag, Re:public and 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)