Donato Ricci is a designer and researcher. He specialises in the use of Design Methods in Human and Social Sciences.
From 2005 to 2012 he has been involved in the development of the DensityDesign Lab's research programs. Here he started and deepened his interest in exploring the role of visual languages and digital data to increase public engagement in complex social issues.
He is Assistant Professor of “Representação e Conhecimento” (Knowledge and Representation) at the Universidade de Aveiro. In his courses he exposes the representational mechanisms of diagrams and maps, repurposing them for Design practices. He is part of the SPEAP Programme in Political Arts within SciencesPo School of Public Affairs, where he fosters the use of political design as trigger for social change.
His work has been featured in several conferences and exhibitions (Medialab Prado – Visualizar; SIGGRAPH Conference; MIT Humanities + Digital Conference, The Art of Network), publications and showcases (Data Flow; Information Graphics; Visual Complexity; Visual storytelling). He received a silver and a bronze at the Malofiej-Awards, and selected, 2018, for the ADI Design Index.
How do we want to be calculated? A Public sensitivity to algorithmic computation
Is digital technology changing the forms of urban nature?
AIME : An Inquiry Into Modes of Existence
How do we compose a common world?
Tensing the Present — an Annotated Anthology of Design Techniques to Inquire into Public Issues
Designing Digital Methods to monitor and inform Urban Policy. — the case of Paris and its Urban Nature initiative.
Reset Modernity ! A Shanghai Perspective
Don't Push That Button!