Daniela K. Rosner, University of Washington Photo
Segal Seminar Series

Daniela K. Rosner, University of Washington

March 18, 2014, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center
1.350 (ITW Classroom)
2133 Sheridan Rd., Evanston, IL 60208

Bringing Making to the Masses


The work of design pervades and profoundly shapes our everyday lives. In this talk, I’ll discuss a recent project to analyze, define, and transform how design conditions engineering worlds. Through a mix of hands-on studio work and ethnographic fieldwork, I describe an engineering team's efforts to develop a new 3D printer designed for members of the "maker" movement. I will present an approach to design research that helps reveal how design processes get deployed to inscribe cultural values, shift relationships, and enact social change. The overall aim of this talk is to help design researchers develop a deeper understanding of design activities and discourses.


Daniela K. Rosner is an Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington and co-director of the Tactile and Tactical Design Lab (TAT lab). Through fieldwork and design, her research reveals and creates surprising connections between technology and handwork. This work results in new theoretical frameworks and interactive systems for the practices and spaces of design and repair. She has taught interaction design at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and worked in museum exhibition design, most recently at the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. She holds a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley's School of Information, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in Graphic Design. Since 2012, Daniela has been a regular columnist for Interactions Magazine, a bimonthly publication of ACM SIGCHI.  

For more information visit  www.danielarosner.com

Contact Haoqi Zhang at hq@northwestern.edu with any questions.