Laura Varisco

I’m an Interaction and User Experience designer focused on the social and ethical consequences of the use of personal data and personal information in digital interactive solutions.

 

I aim to provide designers with awareness on ethical consequences so to promote critical discussion and improve design choices during the creative process. I’ve a PhD cum laude in Design and I’m currently adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano teaching the “Digital Technology and Society” elective course at the School of Design and teaching assistant for theoretical courses and design workshops within the MsC in Digital and Interaction Design and Communication Design. I collaborate with IEX Design Research Lab at Politecnico di Milano since 2013 as researcher in interaction and experience design.

Working Experience

From 2020 | Adjunct professor at Politecnico di Milano – School of Design

From 2019 | Post-doctoral Research Fellow at IEX Design Lab – Politecnico di Milano

From 2015 | Teaching Assistant at Politecnico di Milano

2017-2018 | Visiting researcher at MIT Design Lab

2017 | Teaching Assistant at MIT

2014-2016 | Interaction and Interface Designer for eye tracking solutions at SR Labs

2012 | Research Intern at DensityDesign Research Lab

2004-2007 | Graphic Department Manager at A+A Design Studio

Background

2019 | Ph.D cum laude in Design at Politecnico di Milano. Dissertation title: “Personal Interaction Design: Introducing in the Design Process the Discussion on the Consequences of the Use of Personal Information.” Research sponsored by TIM S.p.A.

2013 | MSc in Communication Design, Politecnico di Milano (110/110)

2010-2011 | Exchange student in Visual Design, Kyoto City University of Arts in Visual Design Department.

2010 | BSc in Communication Design, Politecnico di Milano

Pubblications

Varisco, L. (2020). Personal Interaction Design: Introducing the discussion on the consequences of the use of personal information in the design process. In Mariani I., Rampino, L. Design research in the digital era: opportunities and implications. Notes on doctoral research 2020. Franco Angeli Milano (Italy) ISBN: 9788835100317

Varisco, L., Pillan, M., & Marti, P. (2019). Defining a Data Impact Tool for Design Courses. Proceedings of the Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement – Beyond Intelligence, DeSForM 2019. Cambridge, MA, USA

Varisco, L., Mariani, I., Parisi, S., Stepanovic, M., Invernizzi, M., & Bolzan, P. (2019). InData Envisioning & Prototyping Informed by Data. A data scraping and visualization tool to support design scenarios. IHIET 2019, Nice, France.

Varisco, L. (2019). Personal Interaction Design: Introducing the discussion on the consequences of the use of personal information in the design process (PhD Dissertation). Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy.

Mariani, I., Parisi, S., Bolzan, P., Stepanovic, M., Invernizzi, M., & Varisco, L. (2019). InData, Envisioning & Prototyping Informed by Knowledge. Open-access Data Platform to Support Design Scenarios. EDULEARN 2019, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Varisco, L., Colombo, S., & Casalegno, F. (2019). Designing with Data. Anticipating the Impact of Personal Data Usage on Individuals and Society. In W. Karwowski & T. Ahram (Eds.), Intelligent Human Systems Integration 2019 (Vol. 903, pp. 870–876).

Varisco, L., Pavlovic, M., & Pillan, M. (2019). Anticipating Ethical Elements When Designing AI Agents That Employ Personal Data. In: Design, User Experience, and Usability. Design Philosophy and Theory.

Varisco, L., Pillan, M., & Bertolo, M. (2017). Personal digital trails: toward a convenient design of products and services employing digital data. 4D Design Development Developing Design Conference Proceedings.

Pillan, M., Varisco, L., & Bertolo, M. (2017). Facing Digital Dystopias: A Discussion about Responsibility in the Design of Smart Products. In M. B. Alonso & E. Ozcan (Eds.), Proceedings of the Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement – Sense and Sensitivity, DeSForM 2017.