I am an interaction designer, researcher and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, teaching across Design Informatics and Product Design. My research is in Design and related areas of Human Computer-Interaction, Social Sciences and Humanities. I am particularly interested in socio-technological narratives and how they can influence and be shaped by design practice. At the moment my research is focused on three areas:

Biodesign

Recent advances in biology and intersecting areas of research have brought a renewed interest in engaging with living materials. The integration of biological systems in design can help challenge the ways we understand materials, artefacts, systems, social relationships, and other living beings. I currently teach biodesign together with Dr. Naomi Nakayama. More information about the course can be found here .

Inclusive IoT

Internet of Things devices, and the systems that support them, are often designed for people and contexts that are already highly served by technology. There remain the question of how designers can better integrate groups that are at the periphery of dominant technological narratives and economic interests. Recent projects that explore this theme include the Bitbarista and field study carried out as part of the “Energy Data for All” project in Kenya.

Temporal Design

Critical perspectives of time in design are still highly influenced by dominant narratives that describe time as uniform, external to practices, and in a state of continuous acceleration. Temporal Design attempts to change this perspective by looking at time as emerging out of relations between cultural, social, economic and political forces. Temporal Design is the main theme of my PhD thesis, and is discussed in subsequent publications at Interactions, DRS2016 proceedings and Design Studies (in press).


Contact information:

larissa [ at ] entretags.de
Twitter: @entretags
Phone: +44 7851537496

Address:
University of Edinburgh
Evolution House
Research Space 3.17
78 West Port
EH1 2LE Edinburgh, UK