Teksin Kopanoglu

Teksin KopanogluLecturer in Product Design Engineering
Cardiff School of Art & Design (CSAD)
e: tekopanoglu@cardiffmet.ac.uk
t: 029 2041 5796

Specialist Subject Areas

Design for People Living with Chronic Conditions
Design for Self-Management
Design for Health and Wellbeing
User-Centred Design
Experience Design
Product Design Engineering


MSc Product and Interaction Design: 2011, METU / Turkey. Dissertation Title: Determining User Requirements of First-Of-A-Kind Interactive Systems: An Implementation of Cognitive Analysis on Human Robot Interaction

BSc Industrial/Product Design: 2007, METU / Turkey


I work as a Lecturer of Product Design Engineering in Cardiff School of Art & Design. I am a design researcher currently writing my PhD thesis, and a product designer with 10 years of experience in industry.

As a design researcher, I am passionate about bringing the power of design to improve people’s health and wellbeing. In my PhD studies, I worked with people living with chronic conditions (particularly the condition lymphoedema) and their healthcare providers. I explored how we might design for empowering patients in their self-management. I started my PhD studies at 2017 in PDR (International Centre for Design & Research), and I am currently writing my thesis.

Prior to starting my PhD studies, I worked in industry as a product designer for around 10 years. I have experience in all stages of product design from the inception of an idea at the strategic level, until validation and delivery of the final product. I conducted user studies and transferred these insights into products, in both academic and commercial contexts.

I started my career as an in-house product designer in Turkey. As a part of large interdisciplinary teams, I designed electronic devices (laptops, computers, hand-held system control devices etc.) for professionals working in extreme conditions. I was responsible for user-centred development of many hardware and software products.

I also conducted my MSc studies while working full time at that role. My MSc case study was on the determination of user requirements of a software for controlling robots, which was implemented by the company I was working with and our team received an award at an international competition.

Then in 2013, I moved to the USA, and started working as an independent product designer with consultancies, start-ups and entrepreneurs. I contributed to the successful launch of numerous products. Being a freelance designer, I liaised every aspect of my projects directly with clients, which allowed me to gain experience in the business side of design. In 2017, I moved to Cardiff where I started my PhD studies at PDR.

Current research

PhD (2017- ongoing) Design for Patient Empowerment: I completed my field studies and currently writing my PhD thesis. My PhD focuses on design for people living with chronic conditions. I worked with patients and healthcare providers, and explored their self-management experience with the use of design probes. The results presented that, self-management transition was multidimensional and dynamic.

Patient support needs were changing depending on where in the self-management transition they were. I developed a framework distinguishing the stages of that self-management journey. It allows providing support tailored for these stages to facilitate patient empowerment. The framework provides guidance for the design of self-management support systems.

The study was conducted specifically for the chronic condition of lymphoedema. Lymphoedema is a progressive condition of swelling, particularly in extremities. However, the approach could potentially be implemented across a wide spectrum of chronic health conditions.

I am interested in exploring the implementations of my research in the wider context where people face life-changing events.

People Powered Prosthetics (2019): A Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) project, in collaboration with PDR (International Centre for Design &Research) and Southampton University. We facilitated co-design workshops to explore the needs of lower-limb prosthetics users. The priorities of the participants (amputees & their family and clinicians & researchers) have been gathered and analysed to guide future research projects.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Journal Paper: Kopanoglu, T., Eggbeer, D. Beverley, K. & Walters, A (2019) 'Uncovering self-management needs to better design for people living with lymphoedema', Design for Health, 3:2, 220-239, DOI: 10.1080/24735132.2019.1686326.

Showcase: Teksin Kopanoglu (2019) 'Design to Support the Transition towards Self-Management'. Exhibited at the 'Design Research for Change' Showcase at London Design Fair. Featured in Design Research for Change 2019, p.36.

Peer Reviewed Conference Paper and Presentation: Kopanoglu, T., Eggbeer, D. & Walters, A. (2018) 'Design for Multi-Dimensional Stages of Lymphoedema Self-Management', Proceedings of the Design Research Society 2018: Design as a Catalyst for Change. International Conference 25 - 28 June 2018, Limerick, Ireland. Volume 6, pp 2459-2473. ISBN 978-1-912294-21-3.

Conference Proceeding and Presentation: Kopanoglu, T., Eggbeer, D. Beverley, K. & Walters, A (2018) 'Towards Lymphoedema Self-Management: A Qualitative Systematic Literature Review' Proceedings of ILF (International Lymphoedema Framework Conference) 2018: p 59.

Poster Presentation: Kopanoglu, T., Eggbeer, D. & Walters, A. (2018) Uncovering Self-Management Needs of People With Lymphoedema Through Scenario-Based Probes. In ‘Embracing new design technologies: enabling equitable access to health’, hosted at the Central University of Technology 3-8 December 2018. Free State, South Africa.

Conference Proceeding and Presentation: Kopanoglu, T. & Unlu, C. E. (2012) A Cognitive Analysis on Human Robot Interaction: Determining User Requirements in the Early Phases of System Development, Proceedings of SAVTEK.

MSc Thesis: Kopanoglu, T. (2011) Determining User Requirements of First-Of-A-Kind Interactive Systems: An Implementation of Cognitive Analysis on Human Robot Interaction (Masters Dissertation, METU).