Panel and Pictorial at CHI

We are happy to announce we are organizing the panel Making with Data (And Beyond) at the ACM CHI 2023 conference. The panel is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25 at 9:00 to 10:30 (new date!) in Hamburg.

The panelists Alice Thudt, Ekene Ijeoma, Dietmar Offenhuber, and Eva Hornecker will discuss contemporary practices and envision ways to make physical representations of data in the future, and explore the intersection of data visualization, design, fabrication, and tangible interaction.

In this panel, we will discuss the practice of Making with Data — the practice of creating physical artifacts that represent a dataset. This topic lies at the intersection of several CHI communities: data visualization, fabrication, and tangible interaction. Our goal is to discuss contemporary practices, but also to envision future ways that we might continue to make physical representations of data in the future, given emerging fabrication techniques, data representation practices, and desired interactions and experiences with data.

Oehlberg, L., Willet, W., Huron, S., Nagel, T., Thudt, A., Ijeoma, E., Offenhuber, D., Hornecker, E. (2023) Making with Data (and Beyond). CHI EA ‘23: CHI’23 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. panel proposal

Join us for a stimulating and thought-provoking panel discussion! More information at the CHI program and at our Making with Data website.


Furthermore, we are also presenting a pictorial at the Data as a Material for Design CHI 2023 Workshop.

In this pictorial, we describe the process of creating the cover of the book Making with Data: Physical Design and Craft in a Data Driven World. The book cover is a physical data-driven papercraft sculpture that visualizes the undulating word counts of each section of each chapter. We present our process of using data as material for designing the book cover in nine phases. Our goal was to allow viewers and readers to ‘judge the book by its cover’, and experience the book’s theme aesthetically and evocatively, even before opening it.