Karey Helms


I am an interaction designer and researcher based in Stockholm, Sweden. Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, I have a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, a MFA in Interaction Design from Umeå Institute of Design, and a PhD in Interaction Design from KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

My PhD research explored the implications of technological assemblages by designing with care. This includes situations that are often difficult to quantify and where an unintended consequence of technology can be revealing, shameful, or devastating for a diversity of bodily beings. Within autobiographic and speculative design methods, I drew upon care ethics and more-than-human design to implicate myself and unsettle bodily boundaries for a more careful design of technology.

I also support my partner’s fermentation business Homemade Cultures.

Get in touch at: karey@kth.se
Follow my process on Instagram: @kareyhelms

On parental leave from September 2022 through July 2023.