Audrey Desjardins, Ph.D.
Interaction Design Researcher and Educator

Hi! I am an assistant professor in interaction design at University of Washington, in the School of Art + Art History + Design, and adjunct assistant professor in Human Centered Design and Engineering. I hold a PhD and Master of Arts from the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at Simon Fraser University. Prior to that, I studied industrial design at Université de Montreal.

Using a critical lens, my research investigates experiences of living with technology in the home. I use methods like research-through-design, autobiographical design, and participatory design as an approach to critique current visions of Internet of Things technologies which are too often grounded in homogeneous and detached views of the home.


Alternatives for domestic IoT (In)Visible Data ListeningCups
Living in a Prototype Tilting bowl HCI research on the home
Eclipse Hook Table-non-table
Avalanche rescue practices Tutorial authorship Everyday design practices
Exquisite Corpses Everyday interactive artifacts Children and sustainability
Design activism Skateboards as Technology Design fiction projects
Future work: Prototype qualities 8 months of poking New Terrains of Apparition

Silversmithing Watercolor Illustration
Paintings Sprinter camper conversion


April 9, 2020. Jeremy Viny will be showcasing the Desktop Odometer at a demo at DIS 2020: Investigating Opaque Infrastructures: The Desktop Odometer!

April 5, 2020. 2 pictorials accepted at DIS 2020: Parallels, Tangents, and Loops: Reflections on the 'Through' Part of RtD, co-authored with Cayla Key. And Crafting an Embodied Speculation: An Account of Prototyping Methods led by Heidi Biggs!

February 19, 2020. Afroditi Psarra, Bonnie Whiting and I will be presenting our work on Voices and Voids as an artist talk at ISEA 2020: Everyday Voices and Voids: Reclaiming and Transcoding Voice Interaction Data as Performance

December 13, 2019. 2 papers accepted at CHI 2020: IoT Data in the Home: Observing Entanglements and Drawing New Encounters, co-authored with Heidi Biggs, Cayla Key, and Jeremy Viny. And High Water Pants: Designing Embodied Environmental Speculation led by Heidi Biggs!

November 12, 2019. We were shortlisted for ZKM and Solitude Web Residency on "Engineering Care" with Daphne Dragona as the juror/curator for the project "Everyday Voices and Voids: Reclaiming and Transcoding our Data as Performance" with Afroditi Psarra and Bonnie Whiting

October 29, 2019. We received a best paper nomination for Autoethnography of a Hard of Hearing Traveler, co-authored with Dhruv Jain, Jon Froehlich, and Leah Findlater, at ASSETS'19!

September 23, 2019. I have been selected to be a 2019-20 University of Washington Mellon Faculty Fellow in Arts! Can't wait to start collaborating with Afroditi Psarra (DXARTS) and Bonnie Whiting (Music)

July 12, 2019. Round table titled Speculative Design in Climactic Times, co-authored with Tyler Fox, Michael Beach and Heidi Biggs, was accepted at SLSA'19!

June 29, 2019. Paper titled Autoethnography of a Hard of Hearing Traveler, co-authored with Dhruv Jain, Jon Froehlich, and Leah Findlater, was accepted at ASSETS'19! Absolutely thrilled that Dhruv Jain is sharing his first person experience!

March 21st, 2019. A paper on the Bespoke Booklets (with Cayla Key, Heidi Biggs, and Kelsey Aschenbeck from Design at UW) and a Pictorial on the ListeningCups (with Timea Tihanyi from Art at UW) were accepted at DIS 2019!

March 15th, 2019. Our paper Alternative Avenues for IoT: Designing with Non-Stereotypical Homes received a honorable mention award at CHI 2019!

March 11th, 2019. Workshop proposal accepted at DIS 2019. Join us to chat about first person research methods! A Sample of One: First-Person Research Methods in HCI

December 20th, 2018. Paper and artifact accepted at RtD 2019. REP(AIR): An Olfactory Interface For Bike Maintenance by Cayla Key and myself!

December 10th, 2018. Paper accepted at CHI 2019. Alternative Avenues for IoT: Designing with Non-Stereotypical Homes with Jeremy Viny, Cayla Key and Nouela Johnston from UW!

November 28th, 2018. Thrilled to receive a Mozilla Grant to work on (In)Visible Data: How home dwellers engage with domestic Web of Things data!

September 10th, 2018. Doing an artist residency at Slip Rabbit Studio with interdisciplinary artist and educator Timea Tihanyi. Working on data physicalization and 3D printed ceramics!

June 13th, 2018. Participating in a panel about educating designers at ACM DIS 2018 in Hong Kong.

April 24th, 2018. I am giving a talk at lg2 (a Montreal-based creative agency) about our current research on Internet of things, non-stereotypical dwellings, and everyday experiences.

April 4th, 2018. I am giving a talk at UW about the research and teaching I have done since I arrived at UW last year. Please join us in the HUB room 332 from 6pm to 8pm.

March 2018. Full paper accepted at DIS 2018! Revealing Tensions in Autobiographical Design in HCI , which I have co-authored with Aubree Ball, from University of Washington.

December 2017. Full paper accepted at CHI 2018! Deployments of the table-non-table: A Reflection on the Relation Between Theory and Things in the Practice of Design Research by Hauser, Wakkary, Odom, Verbeek, Desjardins, Lin, Dalton, Schilling, de Boer.

November 1st, 2017. Presenting at the UW DUB Seminar on Design-in-Living: The Ongoing Making of the Spaces We Live In.

October 2017. Just starting a new research project called 'Non-Stereotypical Homes: Engaging Alternative Visions of the Internet of Things'. So grateful to be working with a small group of undergrads and grads in Design at UW !

May 2017. Putting the final touches on a book chapter called 'A sustainable Place: Everyday Designers as Place Makers' to appear in "Digital Technology and Sustainability: Engaging the Paradox" edited by Mike Hazas and Lisa Nathan.

April 2017. Our forum article Exploring DIY tutorials as a way to disseminate research through design is published in the July+August issue of ACM Interactions Magazine!

December 16, 2016. First day as an assistant professor at UW in the School of Art + Art History + Design!

November 2016. Our workshop Making Home was accepted at CHI 2017. Please join us for a full workshop day in an AirBnB in Denver!!!

August 4, 2016. I successfully defended my PhD dissertation Design-in-Living. Woohoo!!!

June 9, 2016. Our abstract Avalanche Beacon Parks: Focus on Skill Development and Team Coordination was accepted at the International Snow Science Workshop ISSW 2016!!!

June 7, 2016. We won a Honorable Mention Award for our Pictorial Behind the Lens: A Visual Exploration of Epistemological Commitments in HCI Research on the Home at DIS 2016!!!

March 7, 2016. Our paper Productive Frictions: Moving from Digital to Material Prototyping and Low-Volume Production for Design Research was accepted at DIS 2016 (acceptance rate 26%).

February 24, 2016. I will be presenting the Living in a Prototype project at the Forum on Material Matters at Emily Carr University.

February 18, 2016. Got featured in SIAT Spotlight for our honorable mention award at CHI 2016 for Living in a Prototype: A Reconfigured Space

February 2016. Woohoo! Our paper Living in a Prototype: A Reconfigured Space has received a Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2016 (this means it is in the top 4% of all submitted papers)!

January 2016. I will participate in the workshop on 'Object Outcomes: Attending to Objects as Outcomes of Design Research' at CHI'16. I will be presenting Lessons from Living In A Prototype.

December 2015. More great news! 2 full papers accepted at CHI 2016: Living in a Prototype: A Reconfigured Space, and From Research Prototype to Research Product. See you in San Jose!

December 2015. Great news! I received the Simon Fraser University President's PhD Scholarship.

December 2015. Good news! I will be a teaching assistant for the course IAT 431 Speculative Design with Pr. Ron Wakkary for the Spring 2016 semester.

October 14, 2015. I presented our paper Investigating Genres and Perspectives in HCI Research on the Home at the SIAT Graduate Research Colloquium.

August 2015. Our paper Avalanche Beacon Parks: Skill Development and Team Coordination in a Technological Training Ground was accepted at CSCW 2016. See you in San Francisco!

July 2015. Our paper Unselfconscious Interaction: A Conceptual Construct was published in the Interacting With Computers Journal!

June 2015. Featured instructables for How to sew cushions for a camper van!