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 is a Lecturer in Smart Objects at the University of Pennsylvania and a Fellow at the innovation firm Smart Design where she oversees the Smart Interaction Lab. She is Advisor for the group Tomorrow-Lab, a young design firm that creates electro-mechanical solutions for smart devices, and an ongoing collaborator with the Georgia Tech Socially Intelligent Machines Lab.

Her article, “Talking, Walking Objects”, appeared on the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review in January 2013, and is a good representation of her view of our robotic future. She recently completed a children’s book for Maker Media about the future of 3D printing and design entitled LEO the Maker Prince.

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STUDIO
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.

I am the creator of interactive sound project Repercussion.org, industrial designer for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon, and developer of Directives Digital Furniture (downloadable, laser-cut, design on-demand pieces).

PARTNERS
Smart Design, where I hold the position of Smart Fellow and lead the Smart Interaction Lab
Tomorrow-Lab, where I am Advisor
Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where I collaborate on social robot design and was the shell designer for famous robots Simon and Curi.

WRITING
LEO the Maker Prince (book)
The New York Times
The Atlantic
Smart Interaction Lab
GigaOM
Fast Company Co. Design
Core77

Here’s a small collection

SPEAKING
I speak at various types of conferences and events.
Recently: Webvisions PortlandTEDxDrexelTEDxEmory and the IxD13 Conference.

WORKSHOPS
I run workshops on creative design methods for professionals and students all over the globe. Last Spring, I launched newly created Smart Objects courses at U Penn and SVA (PoDIxD) .

my expertise