Dario Rodighiero

Design, Data, 
and Humanities


Dario is a postdoc of metaLAB, a design-driven laboratory for experiments in the arts and humanities at Harvard University. He is also affiliated with Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome where he is currently working.

Dario is also a lecturer at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, teaching information design and controversy mapping.

With Metis Presses, he authored Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization, a book about charting scientific communities from a design- and data-driven perspective.

His studies are funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which awarded him two consecutive grants in sociology.

When events went online, he created a visual method called Lexical Cartography to map conference speakers using their language.

Presently, he works on Surprise Machines, a digital installation that shows Harvard Art Museums’ extensive collection through a choreographic interface capable of capturing body gestures.

He is an alumnus of MIT and EPFL. The latter awarded him a PhD in Science after attending the doctoral program of Architecture and Sciences of the City.

As a member of Bruno Latour’s AIME project, Dario was a finalist of ADI Compasso d’Oro Award. Recently, he was the recipient of the Digital Humanities Awards for the best data visualization.

He has lectured in many institutions including CERN, Ars Electronica, and King’s College London; and exhibited in museums such as the Milan Triennale, MAXXI, and Bonnefanten.

Formerly he was employed at Sciences Po and the European Commission, which appointed him as an external expert in data visualization and interface design.

“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