My name is Toby Whelan. I’m an interaction designer with a fascination for human behaviour and a love of problem-solving. I like to create things with social purpose.

Human first, always.

Good design should help people become better versions of themselves. It should enable greater exploration of the self, the world and the people in it.

I strive to immerse myself in the world of the user; learning together and collaborating to create empathetic solutions that solve genuine problems.

Currently in my final snowy year at Umeå Institute of Design. Welcome!

Democratising Mobility

Meet Moment, the travel planner for people with autism.

Fidget for Good

Thesis project turned social enterprise. Meet MAKA, a DIY fidget toy for children with autism.

Tomorrow’s Anaesthesia Machine

Sandbox, Patient Prediction in the OR.

Sound Memories

Audio at your fingertips.

Small Projects

Decolonising Design

Disruptive Design


February 20, 2018

An Exploration of Eroding Forms

Changing States: Eroding Form Experiments Sanding Wood https://vimeo.com/256658532 To begin my exploration of form over time, I gradually sanded down…
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September 28, 2017

What is Interaction Design?

A quick video reflecting on the first few weeks of the Interaction Design MFA at Umeå Institute of Design.  
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These and more like them are published over at my blog.

Let’s talk

Get in touch at hi@tobywhelan.com, view my CV or hit me up @toby_whelan.