Rachel Eardley

Rachel is a user experience designer and researcher. She initially graduated from the University of Wales College Newport where she gained her BA(Hons) in Design Futures and then went on to graduate from Central Saint Martins with Distinction with an MA in Industrial Design.

Since then she has worked for over 3 years in corporate research working for Hewlett-Packard Research laboratories in Bristol and Microsoft Research in Cambridge, where she worked on numerous research projects using her skills in visual, interaction and industrial design. She has also worked within industry and spent just over 4years at Skype as an in-house interaction designer, where she designed interactions that were used worldwide generating significant income for Skype.

She is currently working as a freelance designer while she studies for her PhD, investigating how physicality and Embodiment can influence the user experience of communication technology.



Eardley. R,. Gill. S,. Thompson. S,. Investigating the biomechanical hand and its role in designing interactions. Doctoral Symposium of ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (ACM DIS). Newcastle, UK. June 2012


Eardley, R. Dinka, D. Thompson, S. (2010) Designing VoIP video-communication for the home,presented at the Group 2010 workshop on Connecting Families: New Technologies, Family Communication,and the Impact on Domestic Space.


Brown, B., Taylor, A. S., Izadi, S., Sellen, A., Kaye, J. ‘J.’ and Eardley, R.. Locating Family Values: A Field Trial of the Whereabouts Clock. Proceedings of Ubicomp 2007. Innsbruck, Austria (2007), 354-371.(Nominated for best paper)


Sellen, A., Harper, R., Eardley, R., Izadi, S., Regan, T., Taylor, A., & Wood, K. (2006). HomeNote: Supporting situated messaging in the home. Proceedings of CSCW 2006

Sellen, A., Eardley, R ., Izadi, S., Harper, R., (2006 ) ‘The Whereabouts Clock: Early Testing of a Situated Awareness Device‘ , Extended Abstracts of CHI ’06,

Taylor, A., Swan, L., Eardley, R., Sellen, A., Hodges, S., and Wood, K. (2006). Augmented refrigerator magnets. Proceedings of NordiCHI 2006.


Eardley, R. Swan, L. Sellen, A. Taylor, A. Hodges, S. Wood, K. and Williams, L. (2005) ‘Designing Augmented Refridgerator Magnets’, Proceedings of Ubicomp 2005, Tokyo , Japan.


Bloom, L. Eardley, R. Geelhoed, E. Manahan, M. and Ranganathan, P. (2004) ‘Investigating the Relationship Between Battery Life and User Acceptance of Dynamic, Energy-Aware Interfaces on Handhelds’, MOBILE HCI 2004, Glasgow, Scotland.

Eardley, R. Hull, R. Hyams, J. Lamming, M. Murphy, R. Sellen, A. (2004) ‘New Concepts for Future Wristwatch Design’ HP Labs Technical Report (HPL-2004-126) External

Vroegindeweij, S. Eardley, R. Ranganathan, P. and Geelhoed, E. (2004) ‘Design Principles for Energy-Aware User-Interfaces on OLED-based handhelds.’ 2nd Appliance Design 2004, Bristol, England.

Sellen, AJ. Hyams, J. and Eardley, R. (2004) ‘The Everyday Problems of Working Parents: Implications for New Technologies’ HP Labs Technical Report (HPL-2004-37) External

Eardley, R. Sellen, AJ. (2004) ‘New Concepts to Support Working Parents in the Car’ HP Labs Technical Report (HPL-2004-30) External

Eardley, R. Hyams, J. and Sellen, AJ. (2004) ‘In-Car Concepts to Support Working Parents.’ “Extended Abstracts of CHI ’04, Conference on Human Factors in Computing systems,” Vienna, Austria.


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