Dario Rodighiero

Design for
Digital Humanities


MIT Faculty of Comparative Media Studies, and research affiliate of the EPFL Digital Humanities Laboratory. The Swiss National Science Foundation is currently funding his studies in the United States.

Selected Publications

Self-Recognition in Data Visualization
The Daily Design of the Quantified Self
Swiss Informatics Digital Magazine
The Hermeneutic Circle of Data Visualization
Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology
Printing Walkable Visualizations
Transimage Conference 2018
Mapping Affinities in Academic Organizations
Frontiers Journal
The Analogous City, the Map
EPFL Archizoom Press

Last presentations

Translating Data Into Visualization
Sciences Po, Paris
Introduction to Data Visualization
Institut d’historie de l’art (INHA), Paris

Ongoing Projects

Worldwide Map of Research
Funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
From Data to Wisdom
Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia – Portugal 2020


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Building 14N
Cambridge, MA 02139-4307

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Project Portfolio

Lausanne 2013–2018

Mapping Scholarly Affinities

This is a doctoral thesis that originated the creation of the Affinity Map. Such a map is a visual method to represent the complexity of academic practices within a scientific collective. The concept of affinity is used to draw actual and potential collaborations to provide scholars with an instrument to foster interdisciplinarity.
Bergamo, Lausanne, Maastricht 2015

Deconstructing the Analogous City

The architect Aldo Rossi composed the Analogous City with a group of friends for the Venice Biennale in 1976. For the 40th anniversary the original references used by the authors were found and collected. The result of this research was printed as a map, titled The Analogous City, the Map. It was also transformed into an iPad application freely downloadable. The work was created in collaboration with the Bonnefanten Museum and the Archizoom Gallery, and was included in the exhibition Aldo Rossi – The Window of the Poet.
Lausanne 2016

Retrospective of Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Laboratory of EPFL organized a retrospective of its research during the Nuit des Musées in Lausanne. The exhibition was situated in the well-known Rolex Learning Center and was structured as a circular labyrinth composed of 150 images that represented four years of laboratory research. The exhibition partner Bilumen specifically created 150 backlit lamp frames, adapted to host A0 prints. The result was a soft ambient where visitors were guided by laboratory members through backlit images in a visual retrospective exploration.
Lausanne 2014

Walkable Data Visualizations

Visualizations are often displayed on the screen, but materializing them on different supports creates new way of interaction. The photograph portraits me, Frédéric Kaplan, and Bruno Latour on a walkable visualization designed for the Digital Humanities Conference 2014. Attendees were invited to find themselves on the surface by walking, thereby creating a social space for reading and interacting with other members of the scientific community. Two case studies are analyzed and discussed in the paper titled Printing Walkable Visualizations.
Paris 2012-2013

An Inquire into Modes of Existence

Bruno Latour’s greatest project is an Oxford Press book, a digital book, an exhibition, and a series of conferences and negotiations about the modes of existence. With the support of the Médialab of Sciences Po, the AIME team published on the Internet an advanced book interface to attend the Latourian negotiation and read the abridged edition of the book enriched by full references and definitions.

“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