we design systems & events
we study practice
we write theory & criticism

we are a research studio that explores new modes of social, political, and speculative design.

The Public Design Workshop is situated within the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

we are interested in how design can articulate issues, contribute to the construction of publics, and provide new modes of public engagement with and through technology.

For more information, contact:
Carl DiSalvo at cdisalvo @ gatech[dot]edu

As a research studio we work at the boundaries of design.
We see it as our responsibility to do the work that can’t or won’t be done in traditional design studios.

we use design as a form of inquiry

Current interests include (in no meaningful order): drones, hackathons, tools and tool systems, ad-hoc design, so-called social computing, civics, food and food systems, and understanding “user experience” as a tactic for risk management

the public design workshop is a network of students, faculty, and community partners

Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he directs the Public Design Workshop.

Tom Jenkins is a PhD student in the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is interested in the design and use of tools and how tools shape and enact values. He is currently developing his doctoral proposal which will examine speculative tool systems using research through design methods.

Thomas Lodato is a PhD student in the Digital Media program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is interested in how design occurs outside of traditional studio environments, and how, in these environments, the practice of design changes. His doctoral research examines the practice of user experience in a large technology company.

PAST MEMBERS: Tanyoung Kim, PHD (2013); Jonathan Lukens PHD (2013); Thomas Barnwell, MS (2010); Laura Fries, MS (2011); Cinque Hicks, MS (2010); Lauren Langley, MS (2012); Adam Rice, MS (2009); Beth Schechter, MS (2011); Daniel Upton, MS (2009)

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: We are currently working on projects with Concrete Jungle and the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

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