Publications & Works

Papers Delivered & Conference  Proceedings

Du Preez, V. and De La Harpe R. 2019. Engaging Aging Individuals in the Design of Technologies and Services to Support Health and Well-Being: Constructivist Grounded Theory Study. JMIR Aging. 2(1):e12393. (

Du Preez, V. and De la Harpe, R. 2019. The Art of Listening: Engaging Ageing Individuals in the Design of Online Services. The International Journal of Design in Society. 13 (1): 35-51. (doi:10.18848/2325-1328/CGP/v13i01/35-51).

Du Preez, V., Barnes, V., Wolfgang Thurner, T. 2018. Bringing marginalized communities into the innovation journey: Digital storytelling as a means to express the better future for San people. African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development. (

Miettinen, S., Du Preez, V. Van Dugteren, J., Moalosi, R., Molokwan, S. and Luojus, S. 2016. Service Design with Communications in Africa: The case of UFISA. Proceedings of the 10th annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, Spain. 7th – 9th of March, 2016 (ISBN: 978-84-608-5617-7 / ISSN: 2340-1079)

Barnes, V and Du Preez, V. 2015. Mapping Empathy and Ethics in the Design Process. In Ethics and accountability in Design: Do they matter? Proceedings of the  International Conference of Design Education Forum South Africa (DEFSA), Johannesburg September 2-3, 2015. Johannesburg: Midrand Graduate Institute & Vaal University of Technology

Mushiba, M, Winschiers-Theophilus, H, Du Preez, V, Molokwane, S and Kölhi, J. 2015. Academia’s responsibilities in community-based co-creation education – A critical review of two cases in South Africa and Botswana. In Openness in ICT4D: Critical Reflections on Future Directions. Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Sri Lanka May 20 – 22, 2015. Edited Petter Nielsen, P. Norway: University of Norway: 41-51 (ISBN 978-82-7368-465-3)

Du Preez, V.,  Cilliers, R., Chueng-Nainby, P. and Miettinen, S. 2015. Exploring context and Building Empathy with the Youth in Southern Africa. NORDES: Design Ecologies. 6 (ISSN: 1604-9705)

Du Preez, V. and Barnes, V. 2014. Access to Learn: Using Universal Design and technology to facilitate access to learning. The 1st Universal Design Africa conference, 19 August 2014, Cape Town, South Africa.Du Preez, V. 2014. Adding value: Exploring user contexts in service design tools. Cumulus Conference: Design with the Other 90%: Changing the World by Design. Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 – 23 September 2014

Du Preez, V., Barnes, V. and Futerman, R. 2014. Understanding group work in Higher Education: Establishing a culture of deliberation amongst design students. The 4th International Design, Development & Research Conference. Cape Town, 8-10 September 2014.

Miettinen, S, Du Preez, V, Chivuno-Kuria, S and Mendonca Ipito, H. 2014. Constructing the Service Prototype with namibian Youth. Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference: Short Papers, Industry Cases, Workshops, Doctoral Consortium Papers and Keynote Abstracts. Windhoek, October 2014: 201 – 202 (ISBN 978-1-4503-3214-9)

Van Zyl, I. and Du Preez, V. 2013. Youth at Risk: Envisioning a Design Response. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Montego Bay, Jamaica, May 2013

Du Preez, V. and Barnes, V. 2012. Encouraging Engagement.  Proceedings of the 2nd Conference on Design, Development and Research. Cape Town, 4-5 September 2012: 214-225 (ISBN  978-0-620-52128-4)

Du Preez, V. 2011. Taking It Further: The Practical Implications of Action Research in the Field of Design. Proceedings of the Inaugural Conference on Design, Development and Research. Cape Town, 26-27 September 2011: 358-370 (Republished in Paradigms November 2012 – ISSN 1025-2398)

Barnes, V. and Du Preez, V. 2011. Finding Thought : An Investigation into the Development of Critical Thinking Skills in Industrial Design. In: 20/20 Design Vision Proceedings of the 6th International Design Education Forum of South Africa Conference. Johannesburg, 7-8 September 2011. Design Education Forum of Southern Africa: 1-10 (Republished in Paradigms November 2012 – ISSN 1025-2398)

Barnes, V. and Du Preez, V. 2010. Assessing the Industrial Design Learning Environment. Paper Presented at the First Annual RITAL conference, Cape Town,  2 December 2010

Professional and Educational Articles 

Du Preez, V and Barnes, V. 2012. Think Tank: Perceptions of Thought. Research in Innovation, Teaching and Learning Conference. Facing Both Ways. Cape Town, 11 December 2012

Du Preez, V. 2011. Designing the World: An Introduction to a Sustainable Future and the Role of Industrial Design. Design>Education. 3: 124 – 129. Available:

Du Preez, V. 2009. Details of Design: Investigating the Elements of Design Analysis. Design>Education. 1: 198 – 203. Available:

Du Preez, V and Barnes, V. 2009. Our Side : Student Reflections on Industrial Design. Design>Education. 1: 216 – 219. Available:

Design Textbooks

Stassen, S. Coetzee, E. Crawford, E. Du Preez, V. and Lubbe, I. 2012. Design: Grade 11. Future Publishers: Cape Town

Stassen, S. Coetzee, E. Crawford, E. Du Preez, V. and Lubbe, I. 2013. Design: Grade 12. Future Publishers: Cape Town

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