Costas Bissas


Innovation Specialist and User Researcher, Found.ation

Costas is a design consultant based in Greece. His research interests lie between design, technology, wellbeing and culture, focusing on the use of design as a creative tool for the development of innovative products and services. He is an industrial designer and mechanical engineer by training, but an experimental practitioner at heart and multidisciplinary designer by choice. His belief in the multifaceted role of design has led him to collaborate with farmers, a chef, a psychologist, archeologists, a Highland cow and even a volcano in order to explore the creation of semantic prototypes, intriguing installations and critical ideas.
Having begun his design steps next to designer Michael Anastassiades, he has since collaborated with international organizations such as DeBalie Centre for Culture & Politics in Amsterdam, FutureEverything in Liverpool, the Barbican Centre in London and the SENSEable city Laboratory of MIT in Boston, and has a record for creating research informed exhibition pieces and commercial products. His work has been acclaimed by the European Space Agency, the European Innovative Games Award, the Greek Graphic Design & Communication Awards, Mikser Festival of Creativity & Innovation and Athens Startup Weekend Sustainability, while he is visiting lecturer at the Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering in the University of the Aegean, in Greece. Although he has lived 2.5 years next to the Loch Ness, he never managed to locate the monster.