The Design Research Lab is a network of people, organisations, and non-human agents engaged at the intersection of technologies, materials, and social practices. Our aim is to design socially and ecologically sustainable tools, spaces, and knowledge that support people’s participation in a digital society – based on common principles of inclusiveness and respect for the planet. This puts the basic democratic right to take part in the digital sphere into practice. We start our research from individual lifeworlds and the needs of minoritized groups, beyond consumer majorities.

We are an interdisciplinary team of designers, researchers, tech-enthusiasts and critical thinkers from Berlin University of the Arts, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, as well as Einsteincenter Digital Future (ECDF).



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Wittmann, D. & Fischer, H. & Martins, T. & Joost, G., (2021). “TheraTrousers: Reactive wearable for playful therapeutic self-empowerment: Wearable for Therapeutic Exercising“, ISWC: 216-220.
Fischer, H. & Wittmann, D. & Baucells Costa, A. & Zhou, B. & Joost, G. & Lukowicz, P., (2021). “Masquare: A Functional Smart Mask Design for Health Monitoring“, ISWC: 175-178.
Dietze, M. & Stewart, A., (2021). “Exploring Do-It-With-Others communities in the realm of SexTech“ In 'Politics of the Machines – Rogue Research' Conference, Berlin.
Pierri, P. & Herlo, B., (2021). “Exploring Digital Sovereignty: Open Questions for Design in Digital Healthcare“ In Design for Health Journal, Routledge.
Christensen, M. & Conradi, F. & Dietze, M., (2021). “Trans/Feminist Critical Making – Design as Open-Source Opposition“ In Cumulus Conference 2021 'Design Culture(s)'.
Dietze, M., (2021). “Exploring Feminist Modes of Hacking as a Commoning Design Practice“ In Design as Common Good. Framing Design through Pluralism and Social Values, Swiss Design Network Symposium 2021.
Irrgang, D., (2020). “Transhumanist Eschatologies“ In Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics, MIT Press, Cambridge.
Dietze, M. & Kochsiek, M., (2020). “Body Literacy through Collective Tech Spaces“, EASST/4S Conference, Prague.
Woop, E. & Zahn, E. & Flechtner, R. & Joost, G., (2020). “Demonstrating a Modular Construction Toolkit for Interactive Textile Applications“, NordiCHI: 115:1-115:4.
Christensen, M. & Fezer, J. & Herlo, B. & Hornuff, D. & Joost, G., (2020). “Lechts und Rinks. Auseinandersetzungen mit dem Design der neuen Rechten“, adocs Verlag, Hamburg.