Sébastien Proulx, Ph.D.

Sébastien Proulx, Ph.D.

Sébastien Proulx, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Graduate Studies Chair | Industrial Design Coordinator
Pronouns: He, Him, His / Honorific: Dr.

proulx.12@osu.edu

125B Hayes Hall
108 North Oval Mall
Columbus OHIO 43210

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Office Hours

Friday 10 AM to Noon

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Design
  • Social Design
  • Design Studies
  • Public Health
  • Moral Sociology
  • Care Ethic

Education

  • Postdoc in Public Health, IRSPUM, Université de Montréal
  • Ph.D. Design, Université de Montréal
  • M.A.Sc. Design and Complexity, Université de Montréal
  • B.F.A. Graphic Communication, Université Laval
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf

Sébastien Proulx is Associate Professor of Design, Coordinator for the Industrial Design major and Co-Director of the DESIS Lab at The Ohio State University. He holds a PhD in Design and a Master of Applied Science in Design and Complexity from the University of Montreal (Canada). He completed postdoctoral studies in public health at the University of Montreal Public Health Research Center (IRSPUM). During is graduate studies he completed a doctoral fellowship in political and moral sociology at the Paris School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and master level fellowship around the topic of Orientation/Disorientation at the Institut Design2Context at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (Z HdK) in Zurich. In 2022, he received the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA) Education Award.

 
 
Before joining Ohio State’s Department of Design, Dr. Proulx was an instructor at the University of Montreal’s School of Design for 12 years. He taught social service design, problem setting and visual communication to industrial design students. He was also a recurring visiting speaker at the University of Nîmes (France) where he intervened in the Design for Social Innovation graduate program.
 
Dr. Proulx serves as CoEditor-in-Chief of the francophone peer-review journal Sciences du Design (PUF). He also remain affiliated, as a research associate, to the University of Montreal’s Design et Société research group. 
 
His research program revolves around the role of designers in the development of public services and policies. His approach draws on moral sociology and care ethics to develop an appropriate conceptual framework to provide designers with ways to cope with the complexity of contemporary social and political realities. His researches focus on 1) understanding designers’ role in the sociopolitical realm (theoretical axis), 2) expanding the horizon of design activities in the development of public services (practical axis) and 3) making designers capable of assuming the responsibilities associated to such a stance (pedagogical axis).
 

Sébastien Proulx est professeur agrégé, coordonnateur du programme de design industriel et co-directeur du DESIS Lab à L'Université d'État de l'Ohio. Il détient un doctorat en Aménagement et une Maîtrise en Sciences appliquées (Option Design et Société) de l'Université de Montréal. Il a également complété un stage d'étude postdoctorale en santé publique à l'Institut de Recherche en Santé Publique de l'Université de Montréal et un stage doctoral en sociologie politique et morale (sous la supervision de Laurent Thévenot) au sein du Groupe de Sociologie Politique et Morale (GSPM) affilié à l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) de Paris.


QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

 

Design Research Society (DRS)
Member

Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA)
Member, Recipient of the 2022 Education Award

The International Society for MacIntyrean Enquiry
Member

DESIS Network, Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability
Lab director

Conseil National des Université de France (CNU)
Qualification à la fonction de Maître de Conférence 


RESEARCH

 

Design as a Care Practice

  • Question the conceptual proximities between Design and Care Ethics.

Building Bridges between Design and Public Health

  • Determine the extent to which a person-centered design approach may contribute to the development of socioculturally fitted public health strategies.

Politics of User Experiences

  • Develop indicators to better understand the general economics of social design methods and study their relevance, limitations, strengths, and weaknesses.
    Research conducted in collaboration with: Philippe Gauthier (U of Montreal); Marie D. Martel (U of Montréal); Johanne Brochu (Laval U)

Problematization in Design: Problem Diagnostic Strategies & Methodologies

  • Examine theories and methods through which designers engage with problematization

Digital Public Participation Lab

  • Explore how the Hyve-3D system can support the agency of lay people in the decision-making process in public participation
    Research conducted in collaboration with: Tijs Van Mansakkers (OSU, Knowlton School); Susan Melsop (OSU, Design); Jason Reece (OSU, Knowlton); William Nickley (OSU, Design)

CURRENTLY TEACHING

Spring 2024

  • Design 6300 | Exploration in Graduate Design Studies, Problematizing

Autumn 2023

  • Design 5200 | Design Research III
  • Design 5300 | Design Seminar for Industrial Design, Design and Care Ethics / Industrial Design and AI
  • Design 4999 | Undergraduate Scholarship: Thesis Research and Creative Activity in Design

Spring 2023

  • Design 6300 | Exploration in Graduate Design Studies, Problematizing

Autumn 2022

  • Design 5200 | Design Research III
  • Design 5300 | Design Seminar for Industrial Design, Design and Care Ethics
  • Design 4999 | Undergraduate Scholarship: Thesis Research and Creative Activity in Design

Spring 2022

Autumn 2021


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ADVISING

2023

Enabling Professional Intervention Points for the Process of Stroke Rehabilitation
Annie Roo

3rd place (category) Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Honda Grocer Companion: Grocery Service Vehicle Improvement App
Madyson Webb

2nd place (category) Denman Undergraduate Research Forum

Drop: Vital Monitoring Wearable Patch and System
Kaitlyn Smith

IDSA Columbus Student Merit Award winner
Industrial Design Best of show


2022

Redesigning the Rear Seat Passenger Experience by Developing a Versatile Storage Solution
Isabella Brown

Bus Stops as Facilitators of Mobility and Social Connectedness in Older Adults
Allison Krish

IDSA Columbus Student Merit Award winner
Industrial Design Best of show

Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patient Transport Ventilation Redesign
Josh Leidich

Redesigning the Passenger Experience Through Developing and Introducing a New Audio System
Boston Logan


2021

Increasing Food System Resiliency Through Mobile Meat Processing: Atlas Meats
Leila Akberdin

Increasing Food System Resiliency Through Mobile Meat Processing: Atlas Meats
Aaron Cochran

Row: The Bus Designed with the Driver in Mind
Jenny Feng

Hive - A Digital Product System for Shared-Use Makerspaces and Workshops
Benjamin Mosher

Griff : A Simple Daily Aid
Lauren Todd


2020

Amble. Your night time walking companion
Dexter Kowalski

Experiencing Autism - Challenging Misconceptions and Stereotypes with Virtual Reality
Casey Ferrara

Disability Inclusion in the Beauty and Hygiene Industry
Kennedy Dick

Join: Facilitating a culture of intergenerational interaction at Champion Intergenerational Center
Lauren Hoffman

Cosmetics and Sustainability
Carley Giles

VersaPole; finding a more versatile, and efficient pike pole solution for firefighters
Mitch Magee

DELIGHT — A Smart Lighting System Designed for the Ohio Union South Garage
Amber Fan

Half-Cup: Eating Habits in Young Adults
Eunice Park


2019

Omni Controller: A multi-functional competitive gaming controller designed for accessible one handed use.
Harrison Moshier

Vesco Puree Series
Megan Imwalle

ZEST: Reviving the art of cooking for individuals with limited hand function.
Isabella Esposito

Pingüino: Feeding therapy tools to help foster independence in infants with cognitive, sensory and motor disorders
Alessia Espejo


TEACHING PORTFOLIO


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PUBLICATIONS:

 

Edited Books and Journals

 

Sciences du Design, 16, Varia 

Leboeuf, J., Proulx, S., Vial, S. et al. (Eds.)(2022), Sciences du Design, 16. Presses Universitaires de France. 

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Sciences du Design, 14, Varia 

Leboeuf, J., Proulx, S., Vial, S. et al. (Eds.)(2022), Sciences du Design, 14. Presses Universitaires de France. 

LINK

 

Sciences du Design, 12, Varia 

Leboeuf, J., Proulx, S., Vial, S. et al. (Eds.)(2022), Sciences du Design, 12. Presses Universitaires de France. 

LINK

 

Sciences du Design, 10, “Nouveaux Regards”

Vial, S., Gauthier, P., Gentès A., Leboeuf, J. & Proulx, S. (Eds.) (2019). Sciences du Design, 10, “Nouveaux Regards” [Sciences of Design, nb. 10, Novel Perspectives]. Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

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Transformer, Innover, Dérégler. Les actes de la 10e conférence des Ateliers de la recherche en design

Gauthier, P., Proulx, S. & Münch, F. (Eds.) (2019). Transformer, Innover, Dérégler. Les actes de la 10e conférence des Ateliers de la recherche en design. [Transform, Innovate, Disturb. Proceedings of 10th Conference of the Ateliers de la recherche en design], Montréal, Canada, October 21-24, 2015. Montreal: Édition Design et Société.

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

 

Investigating the Role of Gamification in Public Libraries’ Literacy-Centered Youth Programming

Downie, S. & Proulx S. (2022). Investigating the Role of Gamification in Public Libraries’ Literacy-Centered Youth Programming. International Journal of Play. 11(4). DOI: 10.1080/21594937.2022.2136637

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Between Gut Feeling and Structured Reflective Process. The Art of Making Diagnosis

Proulx, S. (2021). Between Gut Feeling and Structured Reflective Process. The Art of Making Diagnosis. Journal Design Research, 19(1/2/3), 46–58. DOI: 10.1504/JDR.2021.10043662

LINK

 

Teaching Problematization of a Design Capstone Project. Presentation of a Pedagogical Tool

Proulx, S. (2021) Teaching Problematization of a Design Capstone Project. Presentation of a Pedagogical Tool. International Journal of Designs for Learning. 12(3), p. 129-142.

LINK

 

No Distance to Far. Adapting Education+Industry Collaboration for Covid and Beyond

Nickley, W., Gümüs-Ciftci, H., Proulx, S. (2021). No Distance to Far. Adapting Education+Industry Collaboration for Covid and Beyond. IDSA Education Papers

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Questioning the Nature of Design Activity, Through Alasdair MacIntyre’s Account of the Concept of Practice

Proulx, S. (2019). Questioning the Nature of Design Activity, Through Alasdair MacIntyre’s Account of the Concept of Practice. The Design Journal, 22(5), 649-664.

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Deliberating as a public representative or as a potential user? Two complementary perspectives that should inform health innovation policy

Lehoux, P., Proulx, S. (2019), Deliberating as a public representative or as a potential user? Two complementary perspectives that should inform health innovation policy. Healthcare Policy. 14(4), 28-38.

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Designing for the Vulnerable: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Concept of Proxy as Ethical Framework

Proulx, S. (2018). Designing for the Vulnerable: Alasdair MacIntyre’s Concept of Proxy as Ethical Framework. International Journal of Design in Society, 12(4), 45-53.

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L’esthétique de la santé publique. Proposition pour une analyse des qualités des expériences de service

Gauthier, P., Proulx, S., & Hamarat, Y. (2018). L’esthétique de la santé publique. Proposition pour une analyse des qualités des expériences de service. [Aesthetic of Public Health. Towards an Analysis of User Experience Qualities of Services]. Sciences du Design, (7), 86-103.

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Technological Responsibility in Public Health: Insights from Public Deliberations on Cognitive and Behavioral Enhancement

Lehoux, P., Williams-Jones, B., Grimard, D. & Proulx, S. (2017). Technological Responsibility in Public Health: Insights from Public Deliberations on Cognitive and Behavioral Enhancement. Critical Public Health, 27(3), 373-383.

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Le design à l’épreuve du concept de pratique

Proulx, S. (2015). Le design à l’épreuve du concept de pratique [Design to the Test of the Concept of Practice], Sciences du design, (2), 16-26.

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Le design social : une sociologie des associations par le design ? Le cas de deux démarches de codesign dans des projets de rénovation des bibliothèques de la Ville de Montréal

Abrassart, C., Gauthier, P., Proulx, S. & Martel, M. D. (2015). Le design social : une sociologie des associations par le design ? Le cas de deux démarches de codesign dans des projets de rénovation des bibliothèques de la Ville de Montréal [Social Design: A Sociology of Association by Design ? Case Study of Two Codesign Experiences for Account of Two Montreal Public Libraries]. Lien social et Politiques, (73), 117-138.

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Book Chapters & Conference Proceedings


Gumus-Ciftci, H., Beecher, M.A., Nickley, W. & Proulx, S. (2022) If it’s broken, don’t just fix it: Exploring repair as design through a two-week charrette, in Rossi, M.L. & al. (Eds.) Proceedings of Design for Adaptation, 2022 Cumulus Conference. Detroit: United States.


Gauthier, P., and Proulx, S. (2022) Differential Moral Framing and The Design Imagination, in Lockton, D., Lloyd, P., Lenzi, S. (eds.), DRS2022: Bilbao, 25 June - 3 July, Bilbao, Spain.


Gümüs-Ciftci, H., Nickley, W., Proulx, S. (2021). Rekindling Student Connection and Engagement: A Covid-Era. In Cruickshank, L. and Valentine, L. (Eds.). Safe Harbours, Proceedings of the 2021 EAD Conference.


Proulx, S. et al. (2021) Rethinking User Experience of Parking Garage. Exploring Innovative Suicide Prevention Strategies Through Motivational Design. In Di Lucchio, L, & Imbesi, L. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Design Culture(s), 2020 Cumulus Conference. Rome: Sapienza University.


Gauthier, P., Proulx, S., Martel, M.D., & Brochu, J. (2020). Towards Impact Design for Public Services: To Assess Impact is to Care is to Design is to Assess Impact… In Teixeira, C., Jones, P. & Tekogul, I., (Eds.) Proceedings of the 8th Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium. Chicago, IL: Illinois Institute of Technology.


Trippeer, B. and Proulx, S. (2020) What Should Design Not Waste Time Caring About? In Rodgers, P., Brenner, C. and Innella, G. (Eds.). Does Design Care 2. Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University Press, pp. 62-70.


Proulx, S., Gauthier, P. & Hamarat, Y. (2019). Qualities of Public Health. Towards an Analysis of Aesthetic Features of Public Policies. In Vogel C. and Muratovski, G (Eds.), Re: Research, Volume 4: Design and Living Well. Bristol, UK: Intellect, pp. 13-25.


Proulx, S., & Melsop, S. (2018). Caution Roadblocks Ahead! Hosting a Design Driven Social Innovation Lab in a Research-Intensive University. In Proceedings of the 2018 Cumulus Conference (pp. 250-265). Paris, France: CÉSAAP


Gauthier, P., Proulx, S., Vial S. (2017) Manifeste pour le renouveau social et critique du design [Manifesto for a Social and Critical Renewal of Design], in Vial, S. (Ed.), Le design, collection Que Sais-je, 2nd Edition, Paris: Presse universitaires de France, pp. 120-122.


Lehoux, P., Williams-Jones, B., Grimard, D. & Proulx, S. (2017). Technological Responsibility In Public Health: Insights from Public Deliberations on Cognitive and Behavioral Enhancement. In Cohn, S. & Lynch, R. (Eds.) Posthumanism and Public Health. London: Routledge, pp. 89-100.


Proulx, S. & Münch F. (2016) From the Workshop to the Back Alleys. Engaged Designers in Montreal Civic Life, in De Albertis, C. et al. (eds.), 21st Century. Design After Design. XXI Triennale International Exhibition. General Exhibition Catalog. Genova: Sagep Editori, pp. 119-124.


Gauthier, P. & Proulx, S. (2009) A Political Reading of Design: The Case of Orientation, in Baur, R., Kockot, V., Bellut, C. & Gleiniger, A. [Dir.], Des-/Orientierung, Dis-/Orientation, Dés-/Orientation 2. Zurich/Baden: Institut Design2Context, Lars Muller Publisher, pp. 180-187.

 

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