Paolo Ciuccarelli

Associate Professor at Politecnico di Milano, Chair of the BSc and MSc in Communication Design, Paolo is member of the Design PhD board and co-editor at “Big Data and Society” journal (SAGE). Founder and scientific director of DensityDesign Research Lab, he is currently member of the Steering Committee of the »Reassembling the Republic of Letters« COST Action ( where he leads the “Communication and Data Visualization” working group.

He participated to several applied research projects funded by private and public organizations where Communication Design and Data Visualization competences have been used to face a vast range of complex issues, from mapping the evolution of techno-scientific controversies on the web to supporting the peculiar inquiry process of Digital Humanities scholars.

Paolo has been visiting lecturer at several universities and research centers, including ENSCI Les Ateliers, Glasgow School of Art, British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow, Stanford Humanities Centre, China Central Academy for Fine Arts and Georgia Tech. The activity of the DensityDesign Research Lab focuses on the visual representation of complex phenomena and the development of interfaces, tools and methods for Data and Information Visualization.

Session: The Poetics of Data Experiences (and How to Teach it)

Designing data experiences is about transformation and language. I will explore through projects and experiments the rhetorical dimension of data experiences, focusing on poetry – in the sense of poiesis - as a design approach more than just a subject for visual representation. The topic will be framed within my personal experience as founder and director of the DensityDesign Research Lab: a trainer’s journey from the theories of complexity to the new questions coming from the (digital) humanities, precariously walking along the border between professional practice and applied academic research.