Carla Diana

Author: Carla Diana

Designer, Educator

Carla Diana is a creative professional who tries to live 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. She is the founder of teh Smart Interaction Lab. In addition, Carla maintains an independent practice which includes a line of digitally distributed furniture, a series of sound-based sculptural installations and a selection of pieces that are best described as dynamic "virtual objects".

Prior to Smart, Carla was a Senior Design Technologist at frog design, Creative Director at Planetii, Interface Guru at Sarkissian-Mason, and Designer at Karim Rashid's studio. Early in her career, she led a product design research lab within the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. She is the creator of interactive sound project

Carla holds an MFA in Design from Cranbrook and a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Cooper Union. From 2002 to 2007 she was Professor of Interactive Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and from 2007 to 2008 was Visiting Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has written for several publications including Interactions, Core77, The AIGA Journal, and Good Housekeeping.

In 2001 Carla was named an Art Director's Club "Young Gun". She recently completed a studio residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD Museum) in New York. Other awards include winning a Museum of Fine Arts Houston Brown Foundation Fellowship, several ADC Distinctive Merit Awards, PRINT Interaction 2004 Award, and the Flash Forward Film Festival 2004 Experimental Award.


Publication period start: 2011
Number of co-authors: 9


Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Nick Bryan-Kinns
Peter Wright
Michael Twidale

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Michael Twidale
Peter Wright
Ernest Edmonds


Diana, Carla (2009): A kiss is just a kiss; a sigh is just a deselection: a review of Designing Gestural Interf. In Interactions, 16 (1) pp. 45-47.

Diana, Carla (2008): How I learned to stop worrying and love the hackers. In Interactions, 15 (2) pp. 46-49.

Diana, Carla (2008): Fragile: a case study for evoking specific emotional responses. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 5-10, 2008, . pp. 2543-2552.

Diana, Carla (2009): Uberobjects: père Ubu installation. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2009, . pp. 461-462.

Diana, Carla, Thomaz, Andrea L. (2011): The shape of Simon: creative design of a humanoid robot shell. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 283-298.

Pobiner, Scott G., Diana, Carla (2011): CHI design community 2011 (invited). In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 455-458.

England, David, Edmonds, Ernest, Sheridan, Jennifer G., Pobiner, Scott, Bryan-Kinns, Nick, Wright, Peter, Twidale, Michael, Diana, Carla (2011): Digital arts and interaction (invited). In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 609-612.