Dario Rodighiero

Design, Science, and Humanities


Dario is a designer and a scholar.

Today he 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 social science, information science, graphic and interaction design. The Swiss National Science Foundation is currently financing his position.

His work focuses at different scales on the social dynamics of academia. After looking at individuals by designing the Affinity Map⁠, currently he develops the Worldwide Map of Research, a recommendation system for scholarly mobility making use of artificial intelligence.

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 funded his studies.

Formerly he joined the Médialab of Sciences Po led by Bruno Latour and 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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Worldwide Map of Research
Funded by Swiss National Science Foundation (2019‑2020)
From Data to Wisdom
Funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (2019‑2022)


Lexical Cartography of SNSF Grants

Lexical Cartography of COVID-19 Literature
Lexical Cartography of DH2019 Conference
Affinity Map of ENAC EPFL


Affinity Map
Lexical Cartography


Mapping as a Contemporary Instrument for Orientation in Conferences
Proceedings of IX Conference AIUCD (2020)
The Hermeneutic Circle of Data Visualization
Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology (2020)
Self-Recognition in Data Visualization
Espacetemps.net (2019)
The Daily Design of the Quantified Self
Swiss Informatics Digital Magazine (2019)
Printing Walkable Visualizations
Transimage Conference (2018)
Mapping Affinities in Academic Organizations
Frontiers Journal (2018)
The Analogous City, the Map
EPFL Archizoom Press (2015)


Academic Mapping of Human Dynamics
MIT Medialab, Cambridge (2020)
Computational Literacy for Graphic Design
Université du Québec à Montréal (2020)
History of Visual Networks
MIT, Cambridge (2019)
Translating Data Into Visualization
Sciences Po, Paris (2019)
Introduction to Data Visualization
Institut d’historie de l’art, Paris (2019)

“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