Karey Helms


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

My research explores the implications of technological assemblages that proactively operate on the behalf of humans by designing within intimate settings of care. Such situations are often difficult to quantify and where an unintended consequence of technology can be revealing, shameful, or devastating for a diversity of bodily beings. This includes designing within queer scales of human bodily fluids, such as urinary infrastructures and breastmilk entanglements.

Within autobiographic and speculative design methods, I draw upon feminist new materialisms and queer theories 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