Materializing Technologies: Surfacing Focal Things and Practices with Design

Holly Robbins

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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Today, the world is populated with what we colloquially refer to as “black boxes.” These are technologies that perform sophisticated operations but obfuscate these complex operations, providing us with little context to what they do, how they work, and the role they play in our lives. In simple terms, this thesis addresses the following broadly framed questions: what parts of these black boxes should be made legible to the layperson? And regarding these parts: how can design be harnessed to reframe them as legible?
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Giaccardi, E., Supervisor
  • Karana, E., Advisor
Award date18 Oct 2018
Print ISBNs978-94-6186-964-7
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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