Yiying Wu


Hello, beautiful and messy world, this is my CV.

I am Helsinki-based 40% social/service designer, 40% design researcher, 20% participatory artist.

I am currently now working as a post-doc researcher, in a 2-year academy-industry collaborative project, writing design fictions (speculative and provocative future scenarios) on the future of automation in the maritime industry.


I defended my doctoral dissertation ‘Bicycles and Plants’ on 19 May, 2017, and my dissertation got ‘Distinction’. You can purchase the paper book or download free E-book here.

It asked: how can service design create opportunities for people to contribute to and with each other as capable agents and develop meaningful social relations?

The subject studied is the form of services that people produce among themselves through working for and with each other. Two service cases are investigated. One is an existing service of a self-repair bicycle workshop run by a subcultural community. The other is a series of design interventions called as Plant Hotel where people help water each other’s plants as collaborative care.

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In Press: 2015 (Yle RadioHelsingin Sanomat), 2014 (Yle,  Nyt)