Gillian Crampton Smith

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Gillian Crampton Smith
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Alma materCambridge University
Scientific career
FieldsHuman-computer interaction, Interaction design
InstitutionsRoyal College of Art
Apple Computer
Interaction Design Institute Ivrea
Iuav University of Venice

Gillian Crampton Smith is a British educator, interaction designer, and a pioneer of computer desktop publishing. Since the early 1980s she has developed several academic graduate programs focused on digital graphic design, typesetting and human-computer interaction, notably at Saint Martin's School of Art, the Royal College of Art (1992-2000), Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (2000-2005) and Iuav University of Venice (2006–2014).[1] She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, and an advisor at the MIT Senseable City Lab.


Crampton Smith studied philosophy and history at Cambridge University. Through the 1970s she worked in publishing for The Sunday Times and The Times Literary Supplement. In the early 1980s, she designed and developed a page-layout program for the Apple II computer, which convinced her of the potential of artists and designers in the creation of information technologies.[2]

In the 1980s she started developing academic programs that focused on digital interactive design. In 1983 she joined Saint Martin's School of Art, where she set up a new postgraduate course in graphic design and computers for practicing designers.[3] In 1989 she moved to the Royal College of Art where she built the Computer Related Design (CRD) program. The CRD program later achieved an international reputation as a leading centre for interaction design. In 2000 she founded and directed the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy, then from 2006-2014 the Interaction Design Programme at Iuav University of Venice.


Crampton Smith won the ACM SIGCHI 2014 Lifetime Achievement in Practice Award for outstanding contributions to the practice and understanding of human-computer interaction.[1]


  1. ^ a b "2014 SIGCHI Awards". ACM SIGCHI. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Gillian Crampton Smith". Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Gillian Crampton Smith". World Design Guide. Retrieved 25 February 2020.