James Pierce



James studies and design sinteractive technology to understand, explore and question its role in everyday life. I am 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 while I am finishing my PhD at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.


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