Public Design Workshop

The Public Design Workshop is a design research studio in the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It’s a pedagogical structure created to explore new ways to teach, learn, and do socially engaged design within the university. It’s comprised of graduate and undergraduate students. Some projects are run as formal courses, others as independent studies.

We design events, workshops, objects, and systems. We also write.

In the Public Design Workshop we explore how design contributes to the construction of publics, articulates contemporary social and political issues, and fosters new forms of engagement with technology. We do this through participatory design, design ethnography, speculative design, and various forms of humanistic inquiry, such as software studies, platform studies, and interaction criticism. We are always open to new collaborators.

Current topics of interest include: food and food systems, hackathons, infrastructure, visualizations, tools, and maps.

Current and recent collaborators include:
Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, Atlanta Local Food Initiative, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Friends of English Avenue

You can view a complete portfolio of Public Design Workshop projects at