Christina Harrington, PhD

Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Christina Harrington (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Design. Christina has several years of experience as a designer and qualitative researcher who works at the intersection of interaction design and health and racial equity. She has worked as a design researcher and UX designer at various companies such as Apple, Lenovo, and Motorola and her research has been published at various venues focused on HCI and design.

Her research combines her background in industrial design, interactive systems, and human factors psychology to focus on areas of universal, accessible, and inclusive design. Specifically, she looks at how to use design in the development of products to support older adults, individuals with differing abilities, and historically excluded groups such as Black and Latinx communities in maintaining their health, wellness, and autonomy in defining technological futures.

Christina is passionate about using design to center communities that have historically been at the margins of mainstream design. She looks to methods such as design justice and community collectivism to broaden and amplify participation in design by addressing the barriers that corporate approaches to design have placed on our ability to see design as a universal language of communication and knowledge. Dr. Harrington is also the Director of the Equity and Health Innovations Design Research Lab.

Seeing Us in the Future of Design

IDC Presentation

Sept 13, 2022

Main Stage

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Speculative design allows people to imagine an ideal future while confronting their politics. There is an existing history of futurists that connected concepts and ideas, such as the Black Radical Imagination, to what we can expect from our future technological landscape; yet we don't consider this a current part of design.

This session will look at the way design can imagine and build futures that center societal impact for Black and Brown folks.

The audience will learn:
• Previous and ongoing work that has used co-design and collectivism to reimagine technology futures
• Approaches to speculative design from outside the mainstream
• The value of community-based approaches to design