Human(e) Tech Design Studios

The purpose of our design studios is to generate new tools, methodologies, and modalities for humanities scholars that are engaged in critical and theoretical work on digital cultures; together, we'd create a toolkit of resources for carrying out what we refer to as action-oriented humanities research

We plan to co-create this toolkit through our design studios -- i.e. through experiential and experimental conversations between humanities scholars and a diverse cohort of colleagues engaged in the same mission, alongside entrepreneurs, technologists and designers themselves interested in helping operationalize the work of digital humanities scholarship.

Drawing on tools and techniques pioneered as part of participatory action research, in combination with facilitated practices of co-design, these studios generate playful, yet incisive encounters, that allow humanist scholars to explore how their theoretical labors might be made actionable within the very innovation communities those labors often seek to critically address.

Human(e) Tech Design Studio No. 1: Home

Before our design studio, we sent out a Google Form to the participants to prepare for our collective exploration of the convergences and divergences in our experiences of Home in the time of COVID-19. The first two questions ask for participants' input on relations to home and how they've changed, and the final question asks them to share a photo that symbolizes those changed relations to home.  All written answers were not shared with the larger group, but were used to select key topics for discussion. However, the images submitted were shared anonymously with the larger group during activities. Here are some highlights from our first design studio:

We asked participants to share images that symbolize how their relations to home have changed in the time of COVID-19. Some have spent more time baking, enjoying nature, and doing creative activities with family.

Participants of our “Human(e) Tech Design Studio No. 1: Home” also co-created action-oriented research questions and strategies to reflect on the practice of daily life. Here are a few of those insights:

What happens to my relation to home when travel is limited to a more local sphere?

How do processes of grief (and celebration) change?

How has our relationship to technology changed, or our willingness to learn new technologies/digital literacies?

How has our relationship to time, and our daily rhythms, changed during quarantine?