The Design Lab

MC0436 Atkinson Hall 1601
La Jolla CA  92093

Phone: (858) 822-1343

The Design Lab

We are a newly established organization located on the University of California, San Diego campus.

We propose a novel mix of practice and theory, of Thinking, Observing, and Making: TOM. We want to produce major works that advance the state of knowledge and leave a lasting heritage. Let TOM define our approach. Thinking and Making, but always for the benefit of people, hence the importance of Observing. The goal of design is to produce products, services, and systems. It is the science and practice of making.

The Design Lab is located within the California Institute of Telecommunication and Information Technology, which gives us freedom to move seamlessly across all the departments, schools, and divisions of the university. Our advisory board includes people from Management, Engineering, Visual Arts, Theater, and the Social Sciences.


The Design Lab at UCSD is a newly established organization that practices a novel mix of practice and theory, focused on thinking, observing, and making.

This is an exciting time for the field of design. The technologies that the research communities have worked on for the past 25 years have leapt off the pages of academic journals and into the daily lives of billions. What used to be our imagination is no

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Past Events

Design@Large: Pinar Yoldas (UC San Diego)

Design@Large: Pinar Yoldas (UC San Diego)
04:00 pm - 05/23/2018

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Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Lena Mamykina (Columbia University)

Design@Large: Lena Mamykina (Columbia University)
04:00 pm - 05/16/2018

At The Design Lab

Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Stuart Geiger (UC Berkeley)

Design@Large: Stuart Geiger (UC Berkeley)
04:00 pm - 05/09/2018

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Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Virginia Eubanks (University at Albany, SUNY)

Design@Large: Virginia Eubanks (University at Albany, SUNY)
04:00 pm - 05/02/2018

At The Design Lab

Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Safiya Noble (University of Southern California)

Design@Large: Safiya Noble (University of Southern California)
04:00 pm - 04/25/2018

At The Design Lab

Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Kamala Visweswaran (UC San Diego)

Design@Large: Kamala Visweswaran (UC San Diego)
04:00 pm - 04/18/2018

At The Design Lab

Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Geographies of Trust and Practice

Design@Large: Geographies of Trust and Practice
04:00 pm - 04/11/2018

At The Design Lab

Design at Large, a quarterly seminar series hosted by the UC San Diego Design Lab, features distinguished academic and industry speakers within design. The series...

Design@Large: Ethical issues in Cybersecurity Research

Design@Large: Ethical issues in Cybersecurity Research
04:00 pm - 04/04/2018

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Stefan Savage (UC San Diego, Computer Science and Engineering) Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. CSE 1202 on the UCSD campus Ethical issues in Cybersecurity...

Design@Large: Towards a Unified Theory of Interaction

Design@Large: Towards a Unified Theory of Interaction
04:00 pm - 03/21/2018

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Abstract: Towards a Unified Theory of Interaction The extraordinary advances in hardware and networking technology over the past 40 years have not been matched...

Design@Large: Achieving Proactive Leadership via Design

Design@Large: Achieving Proactive Leadership via Design
04:00 pm - 03/14/2018

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From Scramble to Process: Achieving Proactive Leadership via Design Abstract: Academic leaders face countless demands on their time, making it all too easy to fall...

Design@Large: A Value Sensitive Design Perspective

Design@Large: A Value Sensitive Design Perspective
04:00 pm - 02/28/2018

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Batya Friedman (University of Washington) Title: Moral and Technical Imagination: A Value Sensitive Design Perspective Abstract: Tools and technologies are fundamental...

Design@Large: Who are the "humans" in "human-centered design"?

Design@Large: Who are the "humans" in "human-centered design"?
04:00 pm - 02/21/2018

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Who are the "humans" in "human-centered design"? Abstract As most designers are aware, “human” is not a unified or stable category, and its plasticity has serious...

Design@Large: Participatory Design for a SanDiego Digital Common

Design@Large: Participatory Design for a SanDiego Digital Common
04:00 pm - 02/14/2018

At The Design Lab

Networks for us, by us: Participatory design for a San Diego Digital Commons Abstract It’s often taken for granted that, besides the occasional request to fill...

Design@Large: Designing for Sensory Ethnography

Design@Large: Designing for Sensory Ethnography
04:00 pm - 02/07/2018

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Abstract: Designing for Sensory Ethnography: A case of Camera (In)Odorata In the age of visual dominance and environmental hypersensitivity, when we are more...

Design@Large: Intelligent Design/Design for Intelligence

Design@Large: Intelligent Design/Design for Intelligence
04:00 pm - 01/31/2018

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Bill Buxton (Mircosoft Research) Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. CSE 1202 on the UCSD campus Abstract: Intelligent Design / Design for Intelligence...

Design@Large: Designing in the Era of Algorithmic DecisionMaking

Design@Large: Designing in the Era of Algorithmic DecisionMaking
04:00 pm - 01/24/2018

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These talks are open and free to the public. ABSTRACT: We need a new set of language and frameworks to design for humans in the era of algorithmic decision-making....

Design@Large: Building Accessible Information Systems

Design@Large: Building Accessible Information Systems
04:00 pm - 01/17/2018

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These talks are open and free to the public. ABSTRACT: Computer scientists have made progress on many problems in information access: curating large datasets, developing...

Design@Large: The challenge of institutional aging and success

Design@Large: The challenge of institutional aging and success
04:00 pm - 01/10/2018

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These talks are open and free to the public. ABSTRACT: Designing for change: The challenge of institutional aging (and success) All institutions age (at least,...

Design@Large: Toward Gamification of Proofs about Programs

Design@Large: Toward Gamification of Proofs about Programs
04:00 pm - 11/29/2017

At The Design Lab

ABSTRACT: Toward Gamification of Proofs about Programs In this talk, I will present our ongoing research on turning the task of doing proofs about programs into...

Design@Large: Technology, Healthcare and ?

Design@Large: Technology, Healthcare and ?
04:00 pm - 11/15/2017

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ABSTRACT: Technology, Healthcare and ? In this talk, I will briefly describe the convergence of multiple technologies over the last 140 years that has led to the...

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