︎Dario is a designer with an academic background, working at the intersection of information design, critical data studies, and digital humanities.
His research is about the use of data and architecture in GLAM, touching fields such as art history, cultural analytics, and experimental museology.
His interdisciplinarity makes him comfortable in many disciplines, as well as being an excellent mediator between experts from different areas.
At Harvard University, he is a senior affiliate with the metaLAB, a design-driven lab for experiments in arts and humanities, and affiliated with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
In Rome, he is a visiting scholar at Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck Institute for Art History; in Paris, he works as a lecturer at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, teaching visual communication and information design.
He graduated in computer science and majored in theory and technology of communication, with a specialization in user experience. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Sciences after attending the doctoral program of Architecture and Sciences of the City at EPFL.
With Metis Presses, in 2021 he authored Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization, a book about charting scientific communities from a design-driven, ethical perspective.
He lectured in many prestigious institutions, including Ars Electronica, King’s College London, and CERN. Formerly, he was employed at MIT, Sciences Po, and the European Commission, which in 2019 appointed him as an external expert.
Recent &From Wisdom to Data: Philosophical Atlas
on Visual Representations of Knowledge
Porto University Press (2022)
Reading Network Diagram
by Using Contour Lines and Word Clouds
Graphs and Networks in the Humanities (2022)
Making Visible the Invisible Work of Scientists
during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Visual Culture Studies (2021)
Ars Memorativa as the Genesis of Information Design:
A Conversation with Manuel Lima
Selected LiteratureMapping Affinities:
Democratizing Data Visualization
Metis Presses (2021)
Drawing Network Visualizations
on a Continuous, Spherical Surface
International Conference Information Visualisation (2020)
The Hermeneutic Circle of Data Visualization
Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology (2020)
Printing Walkable Visualizations
Transimage Conference (2018)
The Analogous City, the Map
EPFL Archizoom Press (2015)
“Alongside Daniele [Guido] and Donato [Ricci], Dario is part of the ‘Little Italy’ that has set up shop in the AIME offices. Apart from sharing his enthusiasm and insatiable curiosity, Dario has brought along ten years experience in designing digital interfaces. With the others on the team, he has given life and form to the daring insights of both himself and his compatriots.”
— Bruno Latour, Paris 2013