Meeting Simon for the first time was one of the most sublime experiences I’ve had. With every coy head nod,…Read more
Carla’s work concentrates on the interplay between digital and physical forms and serves as a celebration of the innate human desire to shape our surroundings through control devices.
Associate Director, Interaction Design
Carla Diana enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. As Associate Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design, her projects include domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances. In her practice, she combines experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital.
She has completed an Open Studio Residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. She currently leads the Smart Interaction Lab, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of tinkering and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and virtual presence.
She has taught and lectured internationally, most recently at SVA and at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the creative director for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon. Carla holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union and an MFA in 3D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2008, the New York Times Magazine referred to her as an “alpha geek”.
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“Poor Roo,” my friends say about my seven-year-old Corgi mix. “Don’t you think he minds having his every moment broadcast…Read more
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Jan 27, 2013
Making Meaning in an Internet of Things with Carla Diana at IxDA's Interaction 13 in Toronto
Jun 14, 2012
Carla Diana speaks at Reasons to be Creative- a festival for creative artists, designers and coders in New York
May 16, 2012
Dr. Dan Formosa and Carla Diana speak at TEDxDrexelU in Philadelphia
Oct 04, 2010
Are you ready to find love in everyday objects?