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Carla Diana enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. As Associate Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design, her projects include domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances. In her practice, she combines experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. She currently leads the Smart Interaction Lab, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of tinkering and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, presence and awareness, and sustainability through behavior change. She has taught and lectured internationally, most recently at SVA and at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the creative director for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon. Carla holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union and an MFA in Industrial Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2008, the New York Times Magazine referred to her as an “alpha geek”.

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Selected writing


FASTCOMPANY CO.DESIGN
"
How Women Are Leading the Effort to Make Robots More Humane", December 15, 2011


CORE77, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN SUPER SITE
"
Atoms for Bits: Designing Physical Embodiments for Virtual Content", June 2009


Blog posts:

CORE77, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN SUPER SITE
"
Physical pixels: Design for the not so near future"

"Percussa: AudioCubes for music creation"

"Slap Widgets: Virtual controls you can touch"


CRANBROOKDESIGN website

"Life on the Borderline Between Possible and Impossible"


INTERACTIONS, THE JOURNAL OF THE ACM

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Hackers", March April 2008


CORE77, INDUSTRIAL DESIGN SUPER SITE
"
Device Art: Coming to America?", July 2007


CHI2008 ALT.CHI CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

"Fragile: A Case Study for Evoking Specific Emotional Responses", April 2008





 

Carla Diana: design

© 2012 Carla Diana Design

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