Carla Diana is a designer, author, and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in product design and tangible interaction. She has designed a range of products from robots to connected home appliances, and her designs have appeared on the covers of Popular Science, Technology Review and The New York Times Sunday Review.
Carla has been granted the honor of creating the 4D Design program at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, serving as its first Designer in Residence; it began accepting students in Fall 2019. She is an ongoing collaborator with the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the University of Texas, Austin, where advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning manifest in expressive robots. She also serves as Head of Design for Diligent Robotics.
Carla writes and lectures frequently on the social impact of robotics and emerging technology and created the world’s first children’s book on 3D printing, LEO the Maker Prince. She cohosts the Robopsych Podcast, a biweekly discussion around design and the psychological impact of human-robot interaction.
Her latest book My Robot Gets Me: How Social Design Can Make New Products More Human, published by Harvard Business Review Press, comes out in March and is available for preorder now.
Carla holds an M.F.A. in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union.
I design robots and everyday objects that come to life through electronic behaviors. I work with companies of all sizes in addition to developing my own products and artwork, playing in the space where physical and digital meet.
Diligent Robotics, where I serve as Head of Design
The Robopsych Podcast
Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the University of Texas, Austin (formerly at Georgia Tech), where I collaborate on social robot design and was the shell designer for famous robots Simon and Curi.
Smart Design and the Smart Interaction Lab
Tomorrow Lab, where I was Advisor
I speak at various types of conferences and events.
Recently: SONAR+D, TEDxBrussels, TEDxBangalore, BuildingIoT, TEDYouth
I run workshops on creative design methods for professionals and students all over the globe.