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. She is Assistant Professor of Product and Industrial Design at Parsons the New School and has created some of the country’s first courses on designing smart objects. 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 are manifest in expressive robots.
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 is the coauthor of a forthcoming book on smart object design to be published by Harvard Business Review Press.
Carla holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Cooper Union and an M.F.A. in 3D Design from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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).
Here’s a small collection
I speak at various types of conferences and events.
Recently: SONAR+D, TEDxBrussels, TEDYouth and BuildingIOT in Heidelberg, Germany.
I run workshops on creative design methods for professionals and students all over the globe.