Dario Rodighiero

Design for
Digital Humanities


Dario Rodighiero is a postdoctoral associate at MIT Comparative Media Studies and an affiliate at Harvard MetaLab. He combines humanities and technology by practicing design at the intersection of architecture, data visualization, social science, graphic and interaction design. The Swiss National Science Foudation is currently funding his position.

He investigates the academic dynamics at different scales. After looking at individuals by designing the Affinity Map⁠, his research now focuses on the Worldwide Map of Research to create a recommendation system for scholarly mobility.

Dario attended the doctoral program of Architecture and Sciences of the City at EPFL. His doctorate was advised by professors Frédéric Kaplan and Boris Beaude, while the dean Marilyne Andersen financed his studies.

Formerly he joined the Médialab of Sciences Po led by Bruno Latour and was a scientist at the European Commission, which recently appointed him as an external expert in data visualization and interface design.

Dario is a proud finalist of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award 2020 as part of the team An Enquiry into Modes of Existence / Reset Modernity!

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Selected Presentations

History of Visual Networks
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
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 Swiss National Science Foundation
From Data to Wisdom
Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

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


Lausanne 2013–2018

Affinity Map

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.