Peter Thomas

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Academic appointments

Programme Leader Graphic Design & Illustration, Graphic Design & Illustration, Liverpool John Moores University, 2021 - present

Journal article

Thomas P, Spruce J, Moriarty S. 2021. From Sharing Screens to Sharing Spaces Design and Technology Education: An International Journal, 26 :96-111 Author Url Publisher Url Public Url


Clarke L, George B, Raj R, Rogers J, Singh N, Skelly M, Thomas P. 2021. Learning to speak to an elephant and other stories of decentralised digital futures. Thomas P, Rogers J, George B. University of Dundee Author Url Public Url

Rogers J, Thomas P, Thorne M. 2017. DING: A Magazine About The Internet And Things Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Internet publication

Thomas P, Rogers J, Clarke L, Skelly M, Raj R, George B, Singh N. 2021. Decentralising Digital Author Url

Conference publication

Taylor N, Rogers J, Clarke L, Skelly M, Wallace J, Thomas P, George B, Raj R, Shorter M, Thorne M. 2021. Prototyping Things: Reflecting on Unreported Objects of Design Research for IoT PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2021 ACM DESIGNING INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS CONFERENCE (DIS 2021), ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS) :1807-1816 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Rogers J, Clarke L, Skelly M, Taylor N, Thomas P, Thorne M, Larsen S, Odrozek K, Kloiber J, Bihr P, Jain A, Arden J, von Grafenstein M. 2019. Our Friends Electric: Reflections on Advocacy and Design Research for the Voice Enabled Internet CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, :1-12 DOI Publisher Url

Wallace J, Rogers J, Shorter M, Thomas P, Skelly M, Cook R. 2018. The Self-Reflector: Design, IoT and the high street CHI ’18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2018-April :1-12 DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Rogers J, Skelly M, Clarke L, Thomas P, Taylor N. 2017. Our Friends Electric DOI Author Url Publisher Url

Evans M, Thomas P. 2011. Products that tell stories: The use of semantics in the development and understanding of future products DS 69: Proceedings of E and PDE 2011, the 13th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, :678-683


Rogers J, Skelly M, Clarke L, Taylor N, Thomas P. 2020. Our Friends Electric: Exploring alternative narratives for voice assistants

Thomas P, Skelly M. 2018. HappyHere

Rogers J, Skelly M, Thomas P, Clarke L, Taylor N. 2017. Provocative Voice Prototypes

Scholarly edition

Rogers J, Clarke L, Thomas P, Taylor N, Skelly M. 2017. Prototyping a Voice Enabled Internet: a practitioner’s guide


Rogers J, Shorter M, Thomas P, Caccavale E, Mitri S. Apple Karts

Thomas P, Skelly M. Our Silent Monitors Author Url Publisher Url

Thomas P, Skelly M. HappyHere: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Publisher Url

Thomas P. Approaching Air Publisher Url


Other invited event:

Decentralising Digital / CITAPP Seminar Series, IIIT Bangalore, CITAPP at IIIT Bangalore is an interdisciplinary research and advocacy centre that focuses on the policy challenges and the organizational demands made by technological innovation. The Centre seeks to provide a means to nurture and transform public policy around the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in engagement with academia and researchers, policy planners, political leaders and community representatives, technology vendors, public officials and civil society organisations). In this presentation the Decentralising Digital team explained their approach to Designing for Hopeful Futures. 2022

Vikalp Varta 2.4: Decentralising Digital Futures, India / Online, Vikalp Sangam is a platform to share the best stories of viable alternatives to India's unequal and ecologically destructive development paradigm. Vikalp Varta is a series that initiates dialogue on alternatives with organisations, communities, and individuals who work towards alternative pathways of well-being, health, economy, society. Working with rural communities in Karnataka, India, Decentralising Digital is an ongoing research project seeking to co-create new narratives for decentralised digital futures. They are exploring how developments in emerging technologies might be harnessed to meaningfully support and can be built along with rural communities in India. And how the work can be adapted and used by other communities and stakeholders, in their own work in reimagining different, more sustainable futures with and for communities. They will share thoughts and stories from their 2-year research project. 2021

Media Coverage:

Decentralising Digital Research Project featured in Branch Magazine. Branch is an online magazine written by and for people who dream of a sustainable and just internet for all. 2021