James Pierce
PhD Student (Alumnus)



James studies and designs interactive technology to understand, explore and question its role in everyday life. He is particularly concerned with how technology contributes to positive and negative forms of (dis)engagement, (over)consumption and (un)sustainability.

His research combines critical approaches with designerly modes of imagination and production. I frequently use ethnographic methods to help inform and assess the design of technology.

James is currently at the Berkeley Center for New Media working with Eric Paulos in the Living Environments Lab.


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Making Multiple Uses of the Obscura 1C Digital Camera
Reflecting on the Design, Production, Packaging and Distribution of a Counterfunctional Device