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Stéphane Vial is Professor at the School of Design at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), where he teaches theory of design ︎ and interaction design︎. He is also the editor-in-chief of the French-language international journal Sciences du Design ︎ (Presses universitaires de France).

Graduated in philosophy and in clinical psychology, Vial earned his doctorate in philosophy at the Sorbonne in 2012. After studying the technical structures of perception and the phenomenology of the digital revolution, he became involved in the philosophy of design, design as a French-language discipline and interaction design. His current research ︎ focuses on design terminology and design for e-mental health.

Vial is the author of more than six books ︎ published by The MIT Press, Springer, Presses Universitaires de France, including Being and the Screen: How the Digital Changes Perception, A Short Treatise on Design or Advancements in the Philosophy of Design.

Previously, Stéphane Vial was an Associate Professor of design at the University of Nîmes (2013-2018) and a professor of philosophy at École Boulle in Paris (2005-2013). In parallel with his academic career, he worked in France as a web designer (2007-2015) and as a clinical psychologist (2004-2007).