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CfD Conversations Series 01

Data visualization and related practices are currently experiencing a material turn.

As designers explore new material expressions and performances of digital information, what we describe as  “data” is no longer limited to symbols and numbers, but is increasingly seen as embodiments in the world. A panel, curated by CfD faculty member Dietmar Offenhuber (Art + Design, Public Policy) looks at potentials of material data practices as a tool for public engagement, critical inquiry, and societal discourse addressing large societal challenges. A registration is required for this event and can be secured by clicking here or on the button below. Please note that this event is in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

This event is part of the Center for Design (CfD) Conversations Series. At the end of each month, CfD faculty members will invite research players from Northeastern, and beyond, to  addresses the multifaceted expressions of interdisciplinary design research. 

CfD Faculty Curator

Dietmar Offenhuber

Dietmar Offenhuber is Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna. Dietmar was Key Researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Ars Electronica Futurelab and professor in the Interface Culture program of the Art University Linz, Austria.

His research focuses on the relationship between design, technology, and governance. Dietmar is the author of the award-winning monograph “Waste is Information – Infrastructure Legibility and Governance” (MIT Press), works as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme and published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics.


The Panelists

Dan Lockton is a designer and researcher interested in how understanding the world differently could help humanity in an age of environmental and social crises. He is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the Future Everyday group at Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, and runs the Imaginaries Lab, a research-through-design studio. Dan previously worked at Carnegie Mellon University in the US, and the Royal College of Art in the UK.

Laura Perovich is an Assistant Professor (Art + Design). Her research focuses on ways to create physical, contextual, and interactive experiences around data that can help people understand and act on big social challenges. Her data physicalizations are informed by research in information visualization and human computer interaction and often address environmental issues such as air pollution and water pollution. She is also influenced by work in experience design and environmental art, and her projects seek to create emotionally resonant, knowledge-producing, and community-building experiences with data and people.

Rahul Bhargava is an Assistant Professor (Art + Design, Journalism), researcher, designer, and facilitator who works on data storytelling and technology design in support of social justice and community empowerment. He has created big data research tools to investigate media attention, built hands-on interactive museum exhibits that delight learners of all ages, and run over 100 workshops to build data culture in newsrooms, non-profits, and libraries. Rahul has collaborated with a wide range of groups, from the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil to the St. Paul library system and the World Food Program.

Skye Moret is an Assistant Professor (Design Systems, Collaborative Design) at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She believes in the power of visualization and meaningful engagement in bridging the gap between two traditionally polar disciplines: design and science. Her work investigates the complex relationship between humans, technology and nature. She creates work that encourages curiosity, empathy, and interaction, and explores these themes through data-driven design and visual storytelling.

CfD Conversations Series
Spring 2021 Schedule

February 26 | Friday | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Curator: Casper Harteveld

March 26 | Friday | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Curator: Pedro Cruz

April 23 | Friday | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Curator: Michael Mages

May 21 | Friday | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. EST
Curator: Miso Kim