Dario Rodighiero

Design, Data, 
and Humanities


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

With Metis Presses, he authored in 2021 Mapping Affinities: Democratizing Data Visualization, a book about charting scientific communities from a design-driven, data-humanism perspective.

Dario is also a lecturer in Paris at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, teaching data visualization and controversy mapping.

His work at the intersection of visual studies, data science, and digital humanities is characterized by a strong and clean sense of design.

When events went online, he created a visual method called Lexical Cartography to map conference speakers by using natural language processing, and dimensionality reduction.

Presently he works on Surprise Machines, a museum project to exhibit the entire collection of the Harvard Art Museums through a choreographic interface capable of capturing body gestures.

He graduated in computer science and majored in theory and technology of communication. EPFL awarded him a Ph.D. 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 2020. Recently, he was the recipient of the DH Awards for the best data visualization.

He lectured in many institutions including CERN, Ars Electronica, and the King’s College London. Formerly he was employed at MIT, Sciences Po, and the European Commission, which recently appointed him as an external expert in data visualization and interface design.
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“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