I am a PhD student in the Interaction Design team at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Prior to beginning my PhD in December 2016, I worked as a Interaction and Service Designer within enterprise Internet of Things in London. Originally from Tennessee, I have an MFA in Interaction Design from Umeå Institute of Design and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.
My research explores the design and implications of implicit interactions – or interactions with technology that are unseen or unnoticed yet are proactively operating on our behalf – by designing within social relations of care that are often considered taboo. These include caring for loved ones and technologies to manage human excretion: situations that are difficult to quantify and where an unintended consequence of implicit interactions can be devastating. I draw upon autobiographic and speculative design methods, as well as humor to unsettle others and implicate myself in care.
In my spare time I support my partner’s fermentation business Homemade Cultures.