Carla Diana
Since 2003
Works in Atlanta, Georgia United States of America

Carla Diana is a creative professional who tries to live as close to the near future as possible. As senior designer at Smart Design, her projects include domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances. 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 a founding partner in the conceptually-focused design consultancy, Spank, and 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 later joined the Industrial Design faculty 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". Recent 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.
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Mon Dec 31, 2007 00:00

United States of America

Call for abstracts: December 31, 2007
Event Schedule: March 13-16, 2008
Venue: Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Contact: Sabir Khan,

In the spirit of Bruno Latour’s We Have Never Been Modern, his seminal rethinking of the founding distinctions of modernity, this conference puts forward for debate the ways in which disciplines operate within beginning design education: not only at the level of pedagogies and curricula but in the very constitution of beginning design education itself.

The presence and absence of disciplines within beginning design indexes unspoken or explicit assumptions and anxieties about disciplinary turfs and thresholds. That beginning design education is considered a distinct terrain compounds these anxieties further as its status as a discrete discipline and as a threshold into other disciplines is put into question.

The conference recasts these questions within a larger problematic: the uncertain relationship between beginnings and disciplinarity. The tension between the two sets up the thematic context for this conference. The conference will engage perspectives from both within the beginning design community as well as from a broad range of disciplines.

The conference organizers invite submissions from the traditional design disciplines (architecture, product, graphics, interiors, urban, landscape, city planning); from allied disciplines in the fine arts (art, music); from disciplines that undertake ‘design’ activity without necessarily naming it as such (engineering, software, new media, gaming, public policy, etc.); and from other disciplines, such as the cognitive and learning sciences, that have much to say about beginnings, disciplinarity, and beginning design.

The College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology is well positioned for sponsoring such a broad discussion. The academic and research programs within the college address the designed and built environment across a range of scales. Its Common First Year curriculum problematizes issues of disciplinarity and beginnings within the college. And its institutional context encourages interdisciplinary constellations that engage the sciences, engineering, and the humanities.

The conference is organized into four sections, with each section taking a different approach to the beginnings/disciplinarity problematic.

All abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed. Papers selected for publication in the proceedings will go through an additional review process. Information regarding the conference schedule, and information about registration, speakers, and lodging will be updated continually.

Abstracts of five hundred words should be submitted by December 15, 2007 to Please include name, affiliation, and contact information on a separate page in the document.

Proposed papers and panel sessions may be historical, theoretical, or critical in scope. All proposals should be submitted to one of the four sections described on the previous page.