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.

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

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

His research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which awarded him two consecutive grants to advance his studies on the mapping of science.

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

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

He is an alumnus of MIT and EPFL, which 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 DH Awards for the best data visualization.

He has lectured in many institutions including CERN, Ars Electronica, and King’s College London; and has exhibited in different museums such as Milan Triennal, 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