Ville Kokkonen is a Finnish industrial designer born in Helsinki, Finland (1975). He graduated from OCAD in Toronto, Canada, and from the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. Early in his career, he worked as a researcher at the Smart Products Research Group in UIAH, specializing in early product concept development and futures research. Since starting his own practice in 2004, Kokkonen has worked with leading companies in the field of design and technology, focusing on strategic design and product development, with clients such as Nokia, Iittala, Wärtsilä, Elixair, Ensto, Stora Enso and UPM. Between 2005 to 2014 Kokkonen worked with Artek, first running its R&D program and from 2008 onwards as design director of the company. Ville Kokkonen has also lectured internationally in various academic institutions and currently holds the position of Professor of Practice at Aalto University, School of Arts Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland.