Dario Rodighiero

Design and
Digital Humanities


Dario Rodighiero is a digital humanist deeply versed in design practice. He is a postdoctoral research fellow at EPFL and member of the Laboratory of Digital Humanities directed by Frédéric Kaplan. His work focuses on the visual representation of individuals, especially on the mapping of academic collectives and their dynamics. This mapping was the subject of his PhD, which is known for the Affinity Map.

Last presentation

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

Selected Publications

Printing Walkable Visualizations
Conference Paper presented at Transimage Conference
Mapping Affinities in Academic Organizations
Peer-Reviewed Article on Frontiers Journal
The Analogous City, the Map
Folded Map Published by Archizoom Press

Next Projects

Worldwide Map of Research
Swiss National Science Foundation
From Data to Wisdom
Philosophizing Data Visualizations in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity


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INN 116
Station 14
CH-1015 Lausanne

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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 and Donato, 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