Design and Social Interaction Studio led by Prof. Nassim JafariNaimi brings an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students together to examine the experiential and participatory dimensions of civic media and their relationship to establishing and supporting democratic forms of social interaction. Research at the studio spans both theoretical inquiry and experimental design, situated at the intersection of Design, the Humanities, and Human Computer Interaction. We design and investigate a variety of design products and services (e.g., locative media, visualizations and mapping, policy media, social and educational media) drawing on multiplicity of design methods and strategies, most notably participatory and co-design methods, ethnographic methods, experimental designs.
Projects are often in collaboration with other schools on campus as well as local non-profit and cultural organizations. Schools of Electrical Engineering; Public Policy; and Biology at Georgia Tech; the iSchool at the University of British Columbia; Faculty of Culture and Society at Malmö University are among the research collaborators. The studio has also worked with organizations such as the Marcus Autism Center, the Mayo Clinic, and Fulton County Department of Health.