Cruz Guerra Christian Francisco ( ) Associate Professor

Area of expertiseVisual communication design

Classes taught

Design Science Seminar, Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Seminar, Yamaguchi and the World, Multicultural Communication Seminar, Science and Technology Theory Seminar I, Design English, Visual Communication Design

Short biography

I was born in Santiago Chile in July 1975. I studied at the Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Chile from March 1996 to December 1999. The “design” I deal with is not the general design that can be categorized through shapes, systems, and fields such as architecture, the internet, graphics, and fashion. It is a more fundamental way of thinking and theory that is approached from psychological and sociological dimensions. In order to pursue this true design, I came to Japan in April 2003 and studied Japanese for one year. Then from April 2004 to March 2006 I obtained a Master’s Degree in the Master’s Course (Master of Arts and Engineering) Graduate School, Kyushu University, and from April 2006 to March 2009 I obtained a Doctoral Degree from the Doctoral Course (Master of Arts and Engineering), Graduate School, Kyushu University. After graduating, I worked as an Adjunct Professor at Sojo University beginning in April 2010. Then in April 2015 I took up my position as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Global and Science Studies, Yamaguchi University, where I have the students consider the essential nature of “design” while also actively working on fieldwork.

Major papers, books, and works

FlipFlop – Automatic display software for children with physical disabilities due to cerebral palsy
September 2006
Society for Design and Art Fusing with Science and Technology
Design Research No. 41 Page 106 – 114

Kopilot, Development of internet web browsing software for people with severe motor impairments
November 2008
Society for Design and Art Fusing with Science and Technology
Design Research No. 47 Page 62 – 69

Proposal for a Conceptual Definition of User and Interface based on the Biological Theory of Autopoiesis (Thesis only available in English)
December 2013
Society for Design and Art Fusing with Science and Technology
Design Research No.63 Page 139~143

Degree 1999 Department of Design, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Chile
2006 Master’s Course (Master of Arts and Engineering) Graduate School, Kyushu University
2009 Doctoral Course (Master of Arts and Engineering), Graduate School, Kyushu University
TEL 083-933-5333
E-MAIL chris%40yamaguchi-u%2Eac%2Ejp

A Message to the Students

The message I would like to convey to the students is a pretty geeky expression, but it is my own personal motto.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Phrase quoted from Master Yoda in Star Wars