My work draws together science and technology studies, the humanities, and design research to analyze the social and political qualities of design and prototype experimental systems and services.
Areas of Research
Public Design, Speculative Design, Participatory Design, Social Computing, Civic Media, Food and Food Systems, Environmental Monitoring and Representation, Maps and Mapping, Drones
My first book, Adversarial Design, is part of the Design Thinking / Design Theory series on MIT Press. In this book I examine the ways that technology design can provoke and engage the political.
I view these projects– which include computational visualizations of networks of power and influence, therapy robots that shape sociability, and everyday objects embedded with microchips that enable users to circumvent surveillance–through the lens of agonism, a political theory that emphasizes contention and dissensus as foundational to democracy. Through my analysis I aim to provide design criticism with a new approach for thinking about the relationship between forms of political expression, computation as a medium, and the processes and products of design.
Travel and Events
October 9 – 12 (2013)
Social Studies of Science Conference, San Diego, CA
April 26 – May 1 (2014)
ACM CHI, Toronto, Canada
June 9 – 12 (2014)
Design Research Society Conference, Umea, Sweden
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Food Data Hacks
2013—Present Carl DiSalvo, Thomas Lodato, Amanda Meng Atlanta Food Data Hack from Public Design Workshop on Vimeo. The first Atlanta[...]
The Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (ISTC-Social) is a multi-institution effort to study and invent new forms[...]