Portrait of Bill Buxton

Bill Buxton

Partner Researcher


For over 40 years – as designer, musician, lecturer, writer, teacher, critic and researcher – Bill has been obsessed with the evolving human-technology dance.  From the creative disciplines of music, his focus has evolved to the broader stage upon which this dance takes place.  A practicing skeptimist, he is a devotee of Melvin Kranzberg’s first law:  “Technology is neither good nor bad;  nor is it neutral. It will be some combination of the two.”  Thus, he is driven by a pursuit of “informed design”, without which he believes the bias will most likely lean towards the bad rather than the good.

Buxton earned his Bachelor of Music degree at Queen’s University, then studied and taught for two years at the Institute of Sonology, Utrecht, Holland. Designing his own digital musical instruments led him to the University of Toronto, where he completed an MSc in Computer Science, and subsequently jointed the…