THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN DATA AND DESIGN is manifold: in addition to translating data by visual and graphical means in order to make them more accessible and usable, design can broadly contribute to shape the impact of a data-intensive society. And while design is reworking data and tackling its implications data and algorithms in turn are mutating the nature of design and its processes. Surviving this requires substantial awareness and a great sense of responsibility – this is something I would like to discuss.
Architect and Communication Designer, Paolo Ciuccarelli is Professor of Design at Northeastern after twenty years at Politecnico di Milano in Italy. At Politecnico he coordinated the Communication Design program (BSc and MSc), has been member of the board at the PhD in Design and he founded the DensityDesign Research Lab, an award winning laboratory for data visualization and information design. Paolo’s research focuses on the design transformations that help making sense of data and information to improve decision making processes, especially with non experts stakeholders and for controversial complex social issues where he’s also experimenting on the role of rhetorics and visual poetry for a deeper engagement. He also works in developing tools and methods to understanding the evolution of the design discipline in the frame of a meta-design approach. Paolo Ciuccarelli is author of best-paper awarded publications, lectured at Royal College of Arts, ENSCI Les Ateliers, Glasgow School of Arts, king’s College and Stanford Humanities Centre and has been invited to talk at conferences such as Eyeo, TEDx, Visualized, NetSci, Congreso Futuro. He has been member of the board of the Master in European Design.